Rajesh Bhandari, the newly elected Secretary General of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, on Monday (1 Oct 2012) took over the reins, as one of the chief functionaries for the governing body of boxing in India. Mr. Bhandari, who was unanimously elected for office at the recently concluded Annual General Body Meeting held at Patiala, brings a certain credibility to the post with his vast experience and understanding of the sport. Having already served two terms as the Secretary General, IABF earlier in his career, he is no stranger to the current assignment and is perfectly adept with the job responsibilities. He himself has been a boxer of national repute and hence understands the intricacies of the sport and the challenges a professional athlete is faced with. Mr Bhandari, a veteran in the field of sports administration, is also a qualified international Referee/Judge and Technical Official and has officiated at numerous international and domestic Championships. A native of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, the 56 year old is also the serving Secretary General of the HP State Olympic Association.
On the first day at office in the capital city of Delhi, Mr Bhandari familiarised himself with his deputies and the other members of the Indian boxing federation. He also addressed a meeting – consisting of the organisation’s Executive Director, Chairman ROC (Ring Officials Commission) and a Dronacharya Awardee National Coach – directed towards a determined focus for the development of the sport. Speaking on being elected for the post of the Secretary General, he said, “It is my sincere honour to have been elected for this post and it will be an absolute privilege to serve this association once again. I intend to take forward all the good work that my predecessor has done so far and see India further solidify its stature in the boxing world”. Outlining the immediate and foremost agendas that he aims to address, Mr Bhandari expressed that it was of utmost importance to continue the transparent functioning of the federation and the conduct of all the domestic championships and tournaments. He also stressed on the significance of exposure tours, strengthening the domestic structure and said that the federation’s onus will also lie in spotting and nurturing talent. Another point the new Secretary General emphasised on, was supporting and fortifying the training force of the sport in the country.
IABF ANNOUNCES DATES FOR THE SENIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Discharging his first task as the Secretary General of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation Mr Rajesh Bhandari confirmed the dates for the Sahara 59th Senior Men’s National Boxing Championship and the 13th Senior Women National Boxing Championships. While the senior men’s national championships will be held in Hyderabad, AP from 30th October to 4th November 2012, the women’s senior nationals will be organised in Guwahati, Assam from 25th – 29th November 2012. Dr. CB Raje, Joint Secretary, IABF has been nominated as the Technical Delegate for the premier domestic tournament for men, while in case of the women’s championship Mr Khoibi Salam, Treasurer IABF, has been selected as the Technical Delegate. The two delegates will overlook the arrangements and technical conduct during the course of the Championships.
FOREIGN EXPOSURE TOURS IN OCTOBER
The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation will also be fielding teams for two foreign tours this month. The Youth Indian men’s boxing team is slated to compete in the 33rd International Tammer Tournament in Tampere, Finland from 18th -21st October 2012, while the Sub-Junior Men’s team will take part in a month long training-cum-competition program at Yangiabad, Uzbekistan from 7th October to 7th November, 2012.