Sports Minister Sonowal Instructs IOA to Push for Revoking Sarita Devi Ban

Sarita Devi was banned by the International Boxing Association on Wednesday, for refusing to accept her bronze medal at the Asian Games 2014.

updated: October 23, 2014 08:26 IST
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File photo of Indian boxer Sarita Devi.


Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said that he has instructed the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to take up L Sarita Devi's suspension at the international forum and push for withdrawing the ban imposed on the Indian woman boxer.

"We have already instructed the Indian Olympic Association to take up the matter with the international forum for withdrawal of suspension on Sarita Devi," Sonowal told.

"We are asking the IOA to take up the matter for a genuine cause of a player. So, it is very important for the country and we will have to stand by our decision," he added.

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