Can Understand Sarita Devi's Emotions: Olympic Council of Asia

Sarita Devi lost the lightweight semifinal to South Korea's Jina Park despite dominating the bout. Her protest against the decision was rejected and the disconsolate boxer refused to accept the bronze at the medal ceremony.

updated: October 04, 2014 14:37 IST
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Sarita Devi at the podium during medal ceremony.

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Incheon: After reinstating Sarita Devi's medal following an apology from her and the IOA, the Olympic Council of Asia on said the boxer's disappointment on losing a controversial Asiad semifinal was understandable but her emotional outburst at the presentation ceremony was uncalled for.

"The main objective of the OCA in staging the Asian Games is to provide a fair platform for the athletes to showcase their skills. Sometimes technical errors do happen in sports. Boxing has had plenty of issues with officiating and the new rules were set to weed out errors," OCA president Sheikh Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said at the final media briefing of the Games today.

"I can understand her emotions from losing the match. Everyone remembers Seoul 1986 when a boxer broke out into tears (after being denied a win).

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