Sachin backs Sarita Devi, urges AIBA to re-consider her appeal

Sachin Tendulkar

New Delhi, Nov 25: Cricketing legend and member of Parliament Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday met Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to take up the issue of Indian boxer Laishram Sarita Devi.

According to reports, Sachin has said that AIBA should show some leniency in Sarita’s case and re-consider her appeal.

After meeting with the Sports Mininster, Sachin told TV channels: “We all know what she has been through and must support her.”

Sachin said: “On behalf of the Government of India, we will take up the matter with AIBA. We will request them to to reconsider her case.”

“India will always be grateful to Sarita for her contribution as an athlete,” he told media.

He further said: “We just want the entire nation to be behind Sarita Devi and move forward in the right direction. Being a sportsperson I know what she must have gone through.”

It may be noted that Indian boxer Sarita Devi created ripples in the sporting world when she did not accept her bronze medal in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. She alleged that the judges unfairly declared her South Korean opponent as the winner of the bout.

Refusing to accept the bronze medal at the medal ceremony, Sarita even went on to hand it to over Park Ji Na, before eventually leaving it on the podium.

AIBA, the world boxing governing body, acted heavily on Sarita and the Indian boxing officials.

On October 21, the AIBA provisionally banned them from all AIBA accredited boxing events.

AIBA’s statement read- “AIBA Executive Committee Bureau decided today October 21, 2014 to provisionally suspend Mrs Laisham Sharita Devi, her coaches (Messrs Gurbakhsh Singh Sandhu, Blas Iglesias Fernandez and Sagar Mai Dhayal) as well as Mr Adille J Sumariwalla, Chef de Mission – India, who were all present at the Incheon 2014 Asian Games, and not to allow any of them to participate at all levels of AIBA Competitions, Events and Meetings until further notice.”

(With Agency Inputs)

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