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Boxers Dinesh, Praveen apologise in show cause reply?

Source: PTI
September 16, 2013 17:37 IST
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The three Indian boxers who alleged manipulation in the World Championships trials have submitted their response to the show cause notices issued to them by the national federation and a decision on their fate will be taken by September 20.

Indian Boxing Federation president Abhishek Matoria said the trio of Arjuna awardee Dinesh Kumar (91kg), national champion Dilbag Singh (69kg) and Praveen Kumar (+91kg), who were given until September 15 to present their case, replied to the notices.

"We have received their responses and now the Indian Boxing Federation's disciplinary committee will meet and a decision on them will be taken by September 20 latest," Matoria said.

Dinesh KumarThe disciplinary panel, comprising IBF vice-presidents I D Nanavati and Mukharjee Nirwan and chairman of the Ring Officials Commission Narottam Singh Rawat, had its only meeting on September 4 when it issued the notices.

Sources said two of the disgruntled boxers -- Dinesh and Praveen – apologized for alleging bias and manipulation in the trials for the October 11 to 27 event in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Matoria, however, refused to confirm this.

"I would not say anything on whether there have been any apologies because the committee has to take a call on all this," he said.

The boxers, who had alleged that the coaches and selection committee during the August 26 to 28 trials were compromised, have not yet been called by the disciplinary committee.

Asian Games silver medallist Manpreet Singh (91kg), Asian Championships silver medallist Mandeep Jangra (69kg) and reigning national champion Satish Kumar (+91kg) were picked ahead of the disgruntled trio.

The complaining boxers were beaten in exciting open trials in Patiala in front of a packed hall of fellow-boxers and a selection panel, which included veterans like Mehtab Singh and Padam Bahadur Mal besides IBF secretary Rajesh Bhandari.

"The allegations are pretty serious and I just hope that they have come up with satisfactory responses because, otherwise, disciplinary action would be taken," said Matoria.

Dilbag, who has been caught in the dope net twice in his career, had gone to the extent of saying that Arjuna awardee Akhil Kumar, who has mentored Mandeep, was behind his name being struck off from the selected list.

Akhil has already stated that he would take Dilbag to court for defamation.

Image: Dinesh Kumar 

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