In a change of guard at the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, Rajasthan BJP MLA Abhishek Matoria was on Sunday elected president of the body while incumbent Abhay Singh Chautala was handed the nominated post of chairman at its annual general meeting (AGM).
Left in a fix after the sports ministry barred it from making constitutional changes that could have facilitated continuation of the incumbent set of office-bearers, the IABF opted for a slight change of guard at its AGM. “My name was unanimously elected by the house and having being an athlete myself, I plan to do all that I can to take Indian boxing higher,” Matoria said after his election. Among other prominent functionaries, serving secretary general Brig PK Muralidhar Raja was elevated to the post of senior vice-president. Raja was replaced by Rajesh Bhandari as the new secretary general. Asked about Chautala being made the nominated Chairman, an IBF official said, “The ministry cannot object to it because it is a nominated position.”