Sarita Devi Hopes her Protest Makes Some Difference to Standard of Judging

Sarita Devi lost a contentious semi-final in the Asian Games to Korean Jina Park despite dominating the bout. The Indian later cried bitterly at the podium and refused to wear the medal that was presented to her.

updated: October 04, 2014 13:02 IST
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Sarita Devi cries during the medal ceremony. She refused to accept her bronze medal.


New Delhi: She has offered unconditional apology for an emotionally-charged protest at the Asian Games but Indian boxer L Sarita Devi on Friday hoped that her outburst would ensure better judging at next month's World Championship in Korea - the country where she felt "wronged". (Have Apologised for the Sake of the Nation)

Speaking to PTI after returning from Incheon, Korea with a controversial bronze medal, which she refused to accept at the presentation ceremony, Sarita said the episode has left her "mentally drained".

"I hope the judging is better in the World Championship (scheduled from November 13 to 25 in Jeju Islands). Korea is hosting it and I am hoping that my protest will make some difference to the standard of judging. I hope nobody feels wronged like I did. No boxer should go through this, we work so hard," she said. (Sarita Loses Controversial Bout)

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