Sarita Devi`s boxing career faces knockout punch, long ban expected


New Delhi, Nov 12: The head of the sport’s governing body AIBA said that Indian boxer Sarita Devi can expect a severe punishment for refusing to accept her medal at the 2014 Asian Games in a protest over the judgment. The world body has hinted that Sarita’s international career may be over.

AIBA president CK Wu, has stated on Wednesday that commission will make its ruling “very soon” and there severe punishment awaiting for Sarita Devi.

“She will be heavily punished, there will be zero tolerance,” reported a news website quoting Wu.

L.Sarita Devi was upset after losing in the semifinals of the women’s lightweight competition at Incheon Asian Games, in September. As a protest against the decision, of the judges she refused to bend down to let the medal be placed over her neck. She then took the medal and slipped it onto the neck of Park Ji-na, who had been declared the winner of their semifinal bout.

Devi and three coaches received indefinite bans taking in the current women’s world championships in South Korea pending a final ruling of a disciplinary commission.
Wu also reportedly said , “If you accept being the winner, you have to accept being the loser. If everyone behaved like that, what type of competition will we have?”

However, later she issued an unconditional apology for her “emotional behaviour”. Reportedly, in a letter to the International Boxing Federation (AIBA), she wrote: “I regret and apologise. Such an incident will never reoccur in the future.”

(With Agency Inputs)_


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