Olympic Council of Asia to Decide Fate of Boxing Medal Sarita Devi Refused

Sarita devi refused to accept her Asian Games medal after losing a controversial semifinal bout versus south Korean Ji na park. Sarita said she was cheated by the judges.

updated: October 03, 2014 15:59 IST
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Sarita Devi refused to wear the bronze medal during the ceremony and late gave it to South Korea's Jina Park.


The organising committee of Asian Games 2014 said that the Olympic Council of Asia is reviewing Sarita Devi's bronze medal and that India is not the only country to have complained of rampant cheating in Incheon's boxing competitions. The Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee (IAGOC) has also written to Amateur International Boxing Association about fairplay at the Games. (Also read: Sports Ministry waits for Indian Olympic Association's report)

IAGOC's action comes in the wake of two controversial bouts - both involving South Korean boxers. India and Mongolia had lodged protest after their boxers lost controversially but these were rejected by the technical jury. "The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is working on the review of the medal, whether or not to give it to her or confiscate it. So they are deciding what to do with it," said Games organising committee's deputy secretary general, Cheon-taik Son.

Son also said that every effort was made to ensure fairness before the start of the Games. "We wanted to make sure we didn't just claim to be fair but that we did our best to maintain the integrity of the Games. We introduced an academic programme and provided education and training to judges at the Games." Sarita however felt cheated by the decision made by the judges in her semifinal bout.

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