Former Mumbai Cricket Association president and BJP leader Ashish Shelar filed his nomination for the post of president in the Boxing Federation of India, challenging Ajay Singh in the elections to be held on 18 December.
He filed his pamphlets on Wednesday and was inducted into the BFI’s Electoral College, which paved the way for him to get Singh.
The BFI elections are due from September but have been postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic. This process will be conducted during the body’s AGM in Gurugram.
“I look forward to joining the boxing family and taking this important Olympic sport to the next level,” Shelar said in a press release.
“I will be able to strengthen boxing at the ground level, which has been neglected. At the same time, I can use my liaison with cricket and football giants to provide a push to my elite boxers to make my engagement even more glorious for the country.
BFI Secretary General J Kovali welcomed his entry into the ground. The last date for filing nominations is 8 December.
“Mr. Shelar is a good administrator and has done a lot for many sports in Maharashtra and his vision for boxing is really impressive,” he said.
Shelar, 48, is a former sports minister of Maharashtra. He said that he is the former president of the Mumbai District Football Association, which has 350 clubs. He is currently an MLA from Bandra West constituency.
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