Asian Games 2014: Sarita Devi Loses Controversial Boxing Semifinal, Husband Loses Cool

Despite her heavy punches, Sarita Devi lost to Jina Park in a controversial Asian Games 2014 semifinal bout which left her husband screaming at officials.

updated: October 03, 2014 16:09 IST
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File photo of Sarita Devi.


India's Sarita Devi lost her Asian Games lightweight (57-60kg) boxing semifinal against South Korea's Jina Park under controversial circumstances. Despite landing heavy blows on the local favourite, the judges chose to declare Park the winner on points, leaving Sarita visibly agitated and standing in the middle of the ring in utter disbelief. India later lodged an official protest with Amateur International Boxing Association's technical jury team after paying 500 dollars. (Day 11 updates from Asian Games)

Sarita and Park exchanged heavy blows through the first two rounds but the Indian was clearly powerful in the remaining two with even local fans silenced by her onslaughts. The judges' eventual decision though left the Indian boxer and the contingent shocked. "You f***king Koreans have stolen this medal," Sarita's husband Thoiba Singh was heard screaming as he got into a scuffle with security officials. Sarita too found it hard to control her emotions. "I kept my child away from me to train hard. When a player trains hard and something controversial like this happens, it is very sad," she told reporters later.

Mary Kom - who had previously won her semifinal bout - also supported Sarita. "Of course she (Park) won because she is Korean," she told NDTV.

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