Kobold fights clubs are no longer allowed to have fighters from across India, with a decision on the issue coming next week, the club association said on Thursday.
The ban has been in place for three years.
The Kobold Fight Club Association has been fighting for years to be allowed to continue, but this is the first time the organisation has faced such a decision.
“We have fought for three-and-a-half years.
We had to fight the ban for the entire period and the ban is not the end of our fight,” Kobold Fighting Club Association member Sanjay Jadhav told The Hindu.
“This is not a fight between the two sides.
It is a fight to be able to fight again,” he said.
The ban has sparked anger among Indian youth and activists who say the ban has hurt the image of the Indian subcontinent.
The Association of Indian Boxing Clubs (IBCC) said it has sent a letter to the Home Ministry on Thursday seeking clarification.
“We are very disappointed.
This ban is a very severe measure, and we will not be happy if we are denied the chance to fight,” IBCC president Naveen Kumar said.
He said it is important to highlight the fact that fighters from the subcontracted fights from all over the world have been fighting under the Kobold flag for the past three-quarters of a century.
“It is unfortunate that the government is forcing fighters from India to fight under the banner of the Kobolds,” he added.