Sarita Devi, Sent Back from Boxing Camp, in no Mood for a Fight

Sarita Devi, facing international suspension for refusing to accept her Asian Games bronze medal, will miss a world boxing championship for the first time in her long career.

updated: October 31, 2014 18:42 IST
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Sarita Devi with her husband at their Imphal residence.


It was a relatively lazy afternoon for the Sarita Devi family in Imphal on Friday. A boxer's training schedule can be quite killing - run and skip for endurance and footwork, weights to garner power and hours before the punching bag. For a change, Sarita wasn't breaking sweat like every other day till last week. Asia's, perhaps the world's, most controversial woman boxer is slowly reconciling to the fact that she is going to miss the world championship for the first time in her career. (Sarita Devi Says Sorry to World Body, Boxing India Appeals Against Ban)

Playing with little Tomthil is slowly helping Sarita overcome the weeks of frustration after she lost a controversial Asian Games semifinal bout against South Korea's Ji Na Park at Incheon on September 30. Tomthil, Sarita's 20-month-old son, is now the apple of her eyes. The fists of fury, capable of sending a furious flurry of bloody straights and hooks, have now transformed into soft touches, the caring strokes of a young mother. (Also read: When Sarita refused to wear bronze)

"Sarita will miss the world championship for the first time in her life. It's a big setback for her but she will take it in her stride," said Sarita's husband, Thoiba Singh in a telephonic chat from Imphal. The November 13-25 event in Jeju City, South Korea, will be the eighth women's world championship after the inaugural championship organized by the Amateur International Boxing Association in 2001. (Asian Games: Calls for Rule Change After Boxing Storm)

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