Asian Games 2014: I Would Not Have Refused a Medal Like Sarita Devi, MC Mary Kom Tells NDTV

MC Mary Kom won her first Asian Games gold medal in the 48-51kg division at Incheon. This was India's only boxing gold in the Games. Sarita Devi lost a chance to win a gold after she was beaten by a South Korean in a controversial bout.

updated: October 04, 2014 21:58 IST
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India's Mary Kom celebrates her gold medal on the Asian Games' podium.

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The Asian Games 2014 gold medal has been the happiest moment of her boxing career, MC Mary Kom told NDTV in an exclusive interview on Saturday. The first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal at the London Games 2012, Mary Kom said it was tough to come back after she took a break in 2012 to have her third baby.

Mary Kom spoke on several subjects including the controversial Sarita Devi bout that made international headlines. Sarita Devi was denied an attempt at the lightweight gold after she lost her semifinal match against South Korean Ji Na Park. It was a bout that was dominated by the Indian boxer but two judges ruled in favour of the Korean. "She was definitely cheated. I felt sorry for her," Mary Kom said, adding: "Koreans cheated in other disciplines too."

The Indian camp protested against the decision but it was rejected by the technical jury. Sarita refused to accept her bronze medal and broke down during the medal ceremony, an episode that took everyone by surprise. Sarita later apologized and accepted her medal after the international boxing federation threatened to punish her.

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