Boxers want Railways'NOC to fight in pro league

Tuesday 18th July, 2017

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Boxers want Railways'NOC to fight in pro league
Neeraj Goyat and several other Railways' boxers are competing in Super Boxing League.
BOXERS, participating in Super Boxing League, have urged the Railways to grant them permission to compete in the new professional league.
Railways have denied No Objection certificate to the likes of Neeraj Goyat, Kuldeep Singh and several others, saying the league is not sanctioned by Boxing Federation of India and International boxing federation (AIB A).
The franchise-based SBL, promoted by Olympic medallist Amir Khan and businessman Bill Dosanjh, began in India on July 7. The organisers were earlier in talks with BFI and AIBA for making it a co-sanc-tioned event but it fell off.
Neeraj said it was demotivating not to be allowed to compete.
"It hurts that our people are not supporting us. Are we betraying our country by participating in any league or fight night? I think we still represent India in whatever competition we participate in. Super Boxing League has given us a platform to show our talent. It will help us get recognition and grow financially so why can't we play? Isn't it bad for boxing as a sport in the country?" Neeraj, who played in SBL before getting a letter from his employers Railways, told reporters on Monday.
Interestingly, Neeraj has been getting NOC from his Railways to participate in
other professional leagues from time to time. He has got the clearance from Railways to compete in the fight night of Vijen-der Singh on August 5 in Mumbai.
"We are very sad with whatever has happened as it not in benefit of any boxer. Not I just us but for youngsters who are keen to take up boxing, this is certainly not the right message going out to them," said another boxer Kuldeep Singh. |
Meanwhile, Deepak Tanwar who is from Air Force, has been given clearance to participate in SBL. "My office told me that till the time there is no written objection, you don't need to care about any such thing," said Deepak. Mail Today