AIBA, the international boxing federation, has established an ad-hoc committee to evaluate the proposals from various groups in India interested in becoming the new governing body for the sport in the country.
Earlier this month, AIBA severed all ties with the IABF, the Indian boxing federation, after becoming disillusioned with the organisation's attempts at reform during its 15-month suspension, and said it was seeking the "right group of people who will support the principles of AIBA in terms of ethics and fairness."
AIBA said it has been "inundated with applications," which the ad-hoc committee will look into.
Muralidharan Raja, the former IABF secretary general, is one of those applicants. He has promised to implement AIBA proposals on various issues within six months of taking over.
The IABF has been suspended since December 6, 2012, from which time AIBA has not recognised any official activities.
AIBA did promise to review the situation once the International Olympic Committee lifted its suspension of the Indian Olympic Association (this happened on February 11 following an election at the IOA), but AIBA said that since then it has "received different claims from various groups of people on the way the sport of boxing was managed in India," adding that it has become "totally impossible... to make proper judgments in terms of handling the national federation’s affairs in India."
Indian boxers and coaches remain authorised to compete at any competition at all levels under the AIBA flag.
Last December, AIBA told the IABF that it had no validly-elected officers, having missed an already-extended deadline to hold fresh elections. The deadline for the IABF to hold new elections had been extended by a month from the original date of November 4.
The IOA was suspended in late 2012 over a range of issues, including the Indian government’s attempt to impose a new sports code and election irregularities after Lalit Bhanot, who spent 11 months in jail on corruption charges, was chosen as its secretary general.
However, last December, Bhanot and Abhay Singh Chautala, who had been elected as secretary general and president, respectively, in the controversial elections stepped down.
The suspensions of the IOA and the IABF were linked through Chautala, the former president of the IABF, who was elected unopposed to the new post of IABF chairman to facilitate his IOA candidacy.
The IOC lifted the ban on the IOA after Narayana Ramachandran, president of the World Squash Federation, was installed as the national body's new president last month. Rajeev Mehta, associate vice-president of Hockey India, and Anil Khanna, head of the All India Tennis Association, were elected unopposed to the posts of IOA secretary general and treasurer, respectively.