Sarita Devi May be Punished for Returning Asian Games Medal

Sarita Devi had lost a controversial lightweight Asian Games bout against South Korean Ji Na Park. She broke down during the medal ceremony at Incheon and went on to slam Boxing India officials for ignoring her plight.

updated: October 03, 2014 16:06 IST
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Indian boxer Sarita Devi weeps during the Asian Games medal ceremony.

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Indian boxer Sarita Devi could be either suspended or fined for refusing to accept her Asian Games bronze medal in Incheon on Wednesday. In a dramatic move, Sarita Devi broke down on the podium during the medal ceremony for the lightweight 57-60 kg category, refusing to wear the bronze medal awarded to her around her neck. She accepted the medal in her hand and wiped her tears holding it, before handing it to South Korean silver medalist Ji Na Park, who had defeated Sarita in a controversial bout on Tuesday. (Full Coverage | Medal Tally)

According to Amateur International Boxing Association rules, returning medal counts as serious indiscipline. Sarita's reaction caught many by surprise and this can even invite a ban from competition. A decision is expected at the AIBA Congress next month where Boxing India will represent the Sarita Devi case. (Sarita Devi Refuses to Wear Asian Games Bronze, Weeps on Podium)

Speaking to NDTV in Incheon, the chef-de-mission of the Indian contingent Adille Sumariwalla said: "AIBA will decide what the quantum of punishment will be for Sarita. It is a breach of rules, it is unsporting, so there may be some penalty."

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