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Asian Games : Sarita Devi returns her bronze medal

Oct 2 () : It was an embarrassing act of woman boxer, Sarita Devi, as she returned her Asian Games bronze medal during the podium ceremony. This has landed her in trouble as she is facing a probe by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

It all started when Sarita was robbed off the opportunity to fight the match for the gold medal as she lost the semi-final bout in the 60 kg category against the host- Korea’s Jina Park due to a surprising 3-0 verdict by the judges when the crowd and everyone around clearly felt that Sarita was the winner. She was actually celebrating with her arms raised when the results were announced. The crowd booed in annoyance of the result.

AIBA in its statement has informed that it has already proceeded with its disciplinary action process to review the case and its decision will be made available immediately after the games. It also said that its supervisor and Technical Delegate, David B Francis, has submitted a report to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) of this incident.

Francis has mentioned that it looked to be a well planned scenario by Sarita and the team. He said he has asked the OCA to review the incident as he feels it should not be a precedent which other younger athletes should take up.

The AIBA supervisor has mentioned that the lack of understanding of the AIBA technical and AOB competition rules has made the Indian contingent protest against the Referees and Judges system and management. The report also mentions that India protested against the judges’ decision while it is only possible to protest against a referee’s decision.

The handing over of the medal has had mixed reactions with even some of the Indian boxers stating that it was wrong on Sarita’s part to do so.

(With inputs from dnaindia.com)