The 2012 London Olympics will witness the largest Indian boxing contingent in the history of the sport with eight Indian boxers fighting their way into the Olympic selections. The Indian squad with names like, Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh and five times World Champion MC Mary Kom, will represent the country at the biggest sporting extravaganza in the world come this August. While Indian men and women boxers are taking giant steps towards world recognition with consistent performances in the global arena, the administrative end of the sport in the country has also witnessed a steady rise with regular representation in international events. The eight strong team heading to London for the quadrennial event will now have two more names added to its list.
India’s representative in the global boxing arena Mr. Kishen Narsi and India’s top Referee Judge Mr. Jay Kowli have been selected by AIBA – the international governing body of boxing – to officiate as International Technical Official (ITO) and Referee & Judge (R&J) respectively in the forthcoming Olympics. With this selection, India will now have 10 people inside the boxing arena at the London Olympics - which indeed is a stupendous achievement for India and the sport in the country. Based on their top class performance over last four year at various AIBA world ranking events and Olympic Qualifiers, AIBA has chosen top officials consisting 24 ITOs and 35 R&Js from all corners of the world to administer at the XXX Olympiad.
Mr Narsi, an AIBA Executive Council (EC) Member and Vice Chairman – WSB Commission AIBA, after the London Games, will have the unique distinction of officiating in four Olympics. He has been a Referee and Judge at Los Angeles (1984), Seoul (1988) and Barcelona (1992), besides many SEA/SAF Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games also including World Championships and Asian Boxing Championships. Incidentally he was also declared the “Best Technical Delegate” at AIBA Annual Awards Function at Baku, Azerbaijan in 2010. A Former Vice President and the Life President of the Maharashtra Boxing Association, Narsi has been a keen sportsman and devoted to the cause of boxing in India and around the world.
Mr Kowli, an AIBA 3 Star R&J and India's first & only WSB (World Series Boxing) R&J will have the honour of officiating in his first Olympics. Kowli has also officiated in many international tournaments a few them being the ABIA World Championships, Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games. He also holds the office of Secretary in the AIBA Athletes & Youth Commission and was a member of the IABF Ring Officials Commission (ROC). In 2004, Mumbai’s leading daily, ‘Mid Day’ chose Jay as one of 25 most efficient administrators who influence Mumbai Sports. A sports enthusiast at heart Kowli has incessantly worked towards the promotion of the sport of boxing into remote rural parts of Maharashtra & other western parts of India.
Secretary General of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, Brig PK Muralidharan Raja was extremely pleased with the selection and said, “It is indeed a matter of great pride and honour for IABF and India as a whole with two of India’s premier officials being selected for the Olympics. Both Mr Narsi and Mr Kowli are known for their fair judgement as well as impeccable understanding of the game, they will certainly be a value add at the London Games.”