New Delhi: Sarita Devi had raised a storm when she refused to accept her bronze medal at the Asian Games in Incheon. Two weeks after the furor, Sarita defended her manner of protest that nearly put her boxing career on the line.
In tears after losing a controversial semifinal bout against South Korean Ji Na Park, Sarita appealed against the split decision. The technical jury rejected it. The following day during the medal ceremony, the 29-year-old refused to wear her bronze medal in a dramatic protest that made international headlines much to the chagrin of the organisers and the sport's world governing body, AIBA.
"If this happens to a star athlete at something as big as the Asian Games, imagine what up-and-coming youngsters go through? I have no regrets for what I did... don't want others to suffer like me," Sarita told sports.ndtv.com on the sidelines of a felicitation ceremony in New Delhi on Monday.