"We are ready for elections. We have already incorporated whatever changes AIBA suggested in our constitution and have sent the draft to them yesterday," IBF Secretary General Rajesh Bhandari, who is here to oversee the selection trials for the World Championships, said.
     
"They (the AIBA) are free to send an observer for the elections. As soon as we get the approved constitution draft from AIBA, we would call a meeting of our general body to fix up the date of election," he said.
     
AIBA had threatened to bar Indian boxers and coaches from all international events after the October World Championships if the IBF fails to hold a re-election by November 4.
     
"We have never said that we don't want to hold a re-election. We are ok with the idea and have conveyed the same to even our Sports Minister," said Bhandari.
     
"The constitutional amendments suggested by AIBA have been adopted by the IBF. We have agreed to put a cap on the age and tenure of our officials. So offce-bearers will have to retire at 70 and there would be no more than two terms for the President and Secretary General," he added.
     
In a significant development today, the AIBA's Communication Director Sebastien Gillot said the world body has decided to toughen the stand against the IBF post the World Championships.
     
"At its annual meeting held on July 16-18, 2013 in Jeju Island, Korea, the AIBA Executive Committee decided to ask the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) to organize new elections as soon as possible (within 3 months, thus no later than November 4, 2013) according to the AIBA Statutes and Bylaws as well as to the AIBA election guidelines, and in the presence of an Electoral Returning Officer who will oversee the whole election process," Gillot said.

(Agencies)

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