Boxing ban threat a 'worry'

  • Last Updated: November 19 2013, 19:02 GMT

Commonwealth Games England officials have declared themselves "extremely concerned" at the possibility that the nation's boxers could be barred from competing at next year's Games in Glasgow.

Amateur boxing's world governing body AIBA has confirmed the Amateur Boxing Association of England could be suspended if it fails to accept new Articles of Association at an Extraordinary General Meeting on November 24.

Any such suspension would mean English boxers would be banned from international competition - unless they were able to box under the AIBA flag, a precedent set for Indian boxers at the World Championships in Kazakhstan last month.

Commonwealth Games England chief executive Adam Parker said: "We are monitoring the current situation with the Amateur Boxing Association of England and are extremely concerned about the possibility that English boxers may be prevented from competing at Glasgow 2014.

"It is clear from recent comments by AIBA that the suspension of English boxers from international competition is a very real possibility and we are extremely uneasy about the impact this may have on the careers of the boxers and the medal hopes of Team England at next year's Commonwealth Games."

England's junior and youth squads were prevented from competing at their respective European Championships earlier this year due to a provisional suspension imposed by AIBA, which was subsequently lifted in time for the senior World Championships.

And while it is likely any new suspension would still see England boxers able to compete, albeit not in their national vests, it is clearly a concern for the squad ahead of the all-important EGM vote next week.

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