Indian boxing federation suspended by world body

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NEW DELHI (AP) -The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation has been provisionally suspended by world body AIBA, four days after the Indian Olympic Association was suspended by the International Olympic Committee.

"Further to the IOC's suspension imposed on the IOA, the AIBA executive committee bureau has decided today 6 December 2012 to provisionally suspend the IABF," the world body said in a statement after a meeting at Lausanne in Switzerland on Thursday.

The IOA went ahead with its elections on Wednesday despite the IOC suspending it and declaring the elections "null and void". The new IOA president Abhay Singh Chautala was also representing IABF as its chairman.

"This provisional suspension is also due to the fact that AIBA had learned about possible manipulation of the recent IABF's election. AIBA will now investigate this election and especially a potential political link between IOA president, as former chairman of the IABF, and the IABF election," it added.

Chautala's brother-in-law Abhishek Matoria was declared as the new IABF president replacing Chautala in unanimous elections in September.

"We've already explained our election process to the world body," Matoria said. "This is only a provisional suspension and we hope to get it lifted soon."

The suspension of the boxing unit comes as another setback to Olympic disciplines, which are improving in the country with an unprecedented six medals won at this year's London Olympics.

India had won its first boxing medal at the Beijing Olympics four years ago through Vijender Singh, who took bronze. Woman boxer M.C. Mary Kom won a bronze at London, where women's boxing was included in the Olympics for the first time.

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