Ajay Singh, President, BFI
It gives me immense pleasure to be at this position at a time when the Indian Boxing scenario is going through a paradigm shift. With more focus on sports in general and the efforts of the new federation our aim is to keep our sport moving towards greater glory. The potential of the game as well as the talent available in the country is huge.
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is working hard to renew and re-energize our beloved sport in India. With India’s population of 1.3 billion, 60% of whom are under 25 years of age, we hope to contribute great boxers to the boxing world in the years to come. In fact we have already started work towards this and the results are seen in the recently concluded World Youth Championship held at St. Petersburg, Russia from 17-26th November 2016 with Indian boxers winning one gold and one silver medal. Meanwhile, in the recently concluded Nations Cup held in January 2017 in Serbia 6 out of our 10 woman participants came back with medals. It is indeed a moment of pride since the recently elected Boxing Federation of India was formed in September 2016.
It is with great pride that I announce that since our election in September 2016 till date that is February, we have organized 4 nationals in 4 months, including Elite and Youth Championships for both Man and Woman category. Coaching camps are being organized regularly and this has helped identify many talents who are now nurtured at these camps. Regular competitions and titles are also a big motivator for performances and the sports is being taken seriously by the players.
We have set our sights on a successful campaign in Tokyo 2020 to as far ahead as Olympics 2024. I am confident that we have enough time in hand to nurture and develop the sports till such time.
BFI is proud to be a member of the AIBA family and I would like to thank President Wu and all AIBA members for voting to include us again into the world boxing fraternity.