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Sarita Devi suspended by AIBA for refusing medal at Asian Games

AIBA suspends boxer Sarita Devi along with caoch Gurbaksh Sandhu, Sagar Dhayal and Blax Iglesias Fernandes.

By: Associated Press | New Delhi | Updated: October 22, 2014 3:16 pm
The disciplinary case against Devi commenced within hours of the medal ceremony in the women's 60-kilogram class. (Source: File) The disciplinary case against Devi commenced within hours of the medal ceremony in the women’s 60-kilogram class. (Source: File)

Indian boxer L. Sarita Devi has been provisionally suspended from competition for rejecting her Asian Games bronze medal at the podium following her controversial semifinal loss at Incheon.

The amateur boxing world governing body announced Wednesday it was also barring coaches Gurbaksh Sandhu, Sagar Dhayal and Blax Iglesias Fernandes and India’s chef de mission Adile Sumariwala from its events until further notice. That includes the women’s world championships at Jeju, South Korea, later in the year.

The disciplinary case against Devi, who protested against the scoring in her semifinal bout with a South Korean boxer, commenced within hours of the medal ceremony in the women’s 60-kilogram class.

Devi refused to bend down to let the medal be placed over her neck. She took the medal in hand, went across and slipped it onto the neck of Park Ji-na, who had been declared winner of the semifinal bout. The South Korean boxer tried to give it back, then left it on the podium.

The protest prompted AIBA technical delegate David Francis to say it “looked like a well-planned scenario by her and her team.”

Devi had said after the tear-filled podium protest that she was “ready to face any repercussions” if it helped boxing in the long run. But the next day, she issued an “unconditional apology” for her “emotional outburst.”

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    anil chejara
    Oct 22, 2014 at 8:27 am
    Players perform despite of lack of any support. In return what they get..Absolute Zero/Little Respect and Money.To be Honest, I may not have known Sarita Devi without that incident, Just like other medal winners and worse, non winners. I am ashamed of my knowledge.The reason behind it may be, People always love or like to talk about winners just like Cricket or Abhinav Bindra but not opposite like hockey or football or any individual person who missed medal by little.WE need to protest these Sports Authority and make them realize what is wrong with them. When we say protest, it does not mean FB or Twitter Campaign but a real effort to make a real statement towards these people.Stay Strong Sarita.! Remember..Winners never quit and quitters never win.
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      R.
      Oct 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm
      Thats why we should not take the biased treat meted out to her and the govt must move fast to to take the bull by the horns. AIBA must act justly or else they should be hauled up NOW.
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        Diva
        Oct 22, 2014 at 8:41 am
        Sarita Devi was right to refuse Asiad Medal.She is a fighter and she fought for right cause.She didn't and shouldn't accept injustice and dishonesty and Asiad officials should also probe match fixing.You will be surprised how pervasive it is in international sports including Football world cup and Boxing.
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          imran arif
          Oct 22, 2014 at 5:35 pm
          a right decision in the end .she deserved it
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            bibhuti
            Oct 22, 2014 at 10:25 am
            As it happens, the dove is always mulled by hawks. Sarita devi suspension hinders further upcoming of boxers from Manipur that could really be heartaching one...
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