Action in Sarita Devi Case only After Indian Olympic Association Report, Says Sports Minister

Sarita Devi on Wednesday refused to wear her bronze medal during the Asian Games ceremony. She had controversially lost in the semifinal against Korea's Ji-Na Park.

updated: October 03, 2014 15:59 IST
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Indian Boxer Laishram Sarita Devi being consoled by her husband after she was knocked out of the 60 kg boxing semifinal bout against Korea at the Asian Games.


New Delhi: Three Union ministers on Wednesday came out in support of Sarita Devi as sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal sought a report from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on boxer's controversial loss against Korean boxer in the semi-final of the Asian Games in Incheon.

"We have sought a report from IOA on Sarita's case. Let them give a detailed report and we will take further steps," Sonowal told reporters.

However one of the prominent politicians of north-east and MoS (Home) Kiran Rijiju didn't mince words when he said that "Indian officials should have been more pro-active in lodging a protest to the Asian Games Organizing Committee, which might have made a difference."

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