Boxing Federation of India president Ajay Singh has been elected as the President of the Foundation Board for Better Boxing, an elite International Boxing Association (AIBA) elite foundation.
This is being considered as a recognition of India’s rapid strides in world boxing over the past few years.
Foundation for Better Boxing was constituted by the AIBA at its last Executive Committee in an attempt to address future development of the sport. The foundation will work to improve the sports and help it reach the world over. Singh’s vision will be the key on this global development initiative for boxing.
Mr.Gafur Rahimov, President, AIBA, Mr.Franco Falcinelli, Vice-President, AIBA & President, European Boxing Confederation (EUBC), Mr.Sidi Mohamed Moustahsane, Vice-President, AIBA & President, African Boxing Confederation, Mr.Tom Virgets, Executive Director, AIBA are Members of this Foundation. Mr. Virgets has been elected as the Secretary.
Ever since the BFI was established on 25th September 2016 with Singh at the helm, Indian boxing has been injected with a new lease of life. Under Singh’s supervision, a systematic domestic structure has been put in place, which is being reflected in the steady flow of talent coming into the national fold and bright performances of Indian boxers in international tournaments.
Last year, India’s four-medal haul pushed the country to the top three at the World Championships after a gap of 12 years. At the Commonwealth Games, Indian pugilists delivered nine medals and tasted gold at the Asian Games too.
“The appointment is a huge pride not only for me personally but an honour for Indian boxing and the boxers too as our hard work has been not only appreciated globally, our potential as an upcoming boxing powerhouse has been recognised as well. I would like to thank AIBA and all members for considering me for this position and I will do everything possible in my capacity to render the responsibilities bestowed,” BFI President, Ajay Singh said on his election.
With the successful hosting of the AIBA Youth Women’s World Boxing Championship-2017 and the much-lauded AIBA Elite Women’s World Boxing Championship-2018, India has also completely justified the faith that the AIBA has had in the Indian body.
Mr Singh further added, “Our job will be to work in the best interest of promoting boxing and protecting interests of boxers globally.”
AIBA President, Mr.Gafur Rahimov congratulated Mr.Singh on his unanimous election as the President of the Foundation.