Womens World Boxing Championship: India’s Hemlata became Anjani and fought for Nepal, caught a big bag in the World Boxing Championship
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 184.108.40.206.3 – 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.