Sarita Devi Ban: Suspending Chef-de-Mission Was Insult to India, Says IOA Secretary

The International Boxing Federation on Tuesday, had suspended Sarita Devi, her coaches and India's Chef-de-Mission as the boxer had refused to accept her bronze medal in the Asian Games.

updated: October 24, 2014 09:14 IST
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Sarita Devi Bronze medal podium
The Chef-de-Mission, alongwith Sarita Devi and her coaches were suspended for an indefinite period for refusing a bronze medal in Asian Games.

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Slamming AIBA's decision to not only hand provisional suspension to boxer Sarita Devi but also India's Asian Games chef-de-mission Adille J. Sumariwalla, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said on Friday that the move is an insult to the nation.

"Handing provisional suspension on chef-de-mission was an insult to the country and to IOA and the AIBA has no jurisdiction and right to pass strictures on Adille Sumariwala," Mehta told PTI. (India hope to get Sarita Devi's ban reversed)

"The IOA is writing a protest letter to the OCA and the IOC in this regard. We will say that what the AIBA has done (suspension of chef-de-mission) was totally wrong," he added.

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