Womens World Boxing Championship: India’s Hemlata became Anjani and fought for Nepal, caught a big bag in the World Boxing Championship

Womens World Boxing Championship: India’s Hemlata became Anjani and fought for Nepal, caught a big bag in the World Boxing Championship

Sabi Hussain, New Delhi: The excitement of the Women’s World Boxing Championship 2023 continues in Delhi and a big uproar came to the fore when an Indian boxer changed her name and entered the ring for Nepal. The International Boxing Association (IBA) has now launched an investigation into the matter relating to an Indian flyweight boxer competing for the Nepal team in the women’s 52kg category at the Women’s World Championships.

Anjani Teli, whose real name is Hemlata with Boxing Federation of India registration (number BX 5029), was a gold medalist in the Delhi State Women’s Boxing Championships in 2021 and a quarterfinalist in the light flyweight (48-50kg) category at 5th position Was. In the same year, from October 21 to October 27, she also participated in the Elite Women’s National Boxing in Hisar, Haryana. There she was defeated by Pooja Bishnoi.

IBA rules ban boxer from participating for 3 years
Hemlata aka Anjani created history after winning her first bout for Nepal at the World Championships. She defeated Miguelina Garcia of Dominican Republic by a margin of 4-3. She will take on world No. 10 and top seed Marie Sterling-Catherine of Haiti in the evening session on Monday. Meanwhile, the IPA informed that the International Boxing Federation is probing this particular matter. “The matter was brought to our notice and we have brought it to the notice of IBA Sport through an email today to take action,” said the BFI.

Results will be canceled if found guilty
Sources said apart from IBA Sport, the onsite team of Professor Richard McLaren, who is present at the World, would probably look into the issue. The McLaren Committee was set up on behalf of the IBA to investigate financial mismanagement and corruption within the game. Sources said that if the boxer concerned is found guilty in the probe, he could be barred from competing further in the world. Further, if his case report is submitted after the incident and is found to be incorrect, his results from the championship will be declared void.

Why Hemlata can be banned and what do IBA rules say?
Even though Hemlata may have changed her nationality and become Anjani Teli representing Nepal, IBA rules clearly prohibit her from doing so as she had played for India at national and state level only a year earlier . As per IBA Rule – A boxer who has represented one country in any IBA or IBA-sanctioned competition and who wishes to represent any other country of which he is a national may . But during this he will have to face a cooling period of at least three years. That is, during this time he will not be able to box on behalf of the changed country in any international events.

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