Indian Boxer Sarita Devi suspended by AIBA

The 2014 Asian Games saw boxer Laishram Sarita Devi refuse to accept her medal protesting against a controversial verdict. AIBA has provisionally suspended the boxer, according to a report by the Times of India.


According to an AIBA statement: “The AIBA also provisionally suspended Sarita’s coaches (Messrs Gurbakhsh Singh Sandhu, Blas Iglesias Fernandez and Sagar Mal Dhayal) as well as Indian chef-de-mission in the Incheon Asiad, Adille J Sumariwalla and will not allow any of them to participate at all levels of competitions, events and meetings until further notice.”


According to this statement , Sarita Devi, along with her coaches and Sumariwalla, will not be allowed to participate in the AIBA women’s world boxing championships in Jeju Islands (Korea), 2014. At the event, Sarita Devi held the medal in her hand before she was made to hand it over to South Korean silver medallist Ji-Na Park. It was said that the confusion had occurred because of a bad referee decision.


[Picture Courtesy: Zee News]

The 29 year old boxer told Times of India   that she had not received any formal document that mentioned her suspension. “I have not received any communication from AIBA as of now. When I will see the letter, I will decide what I have to do,” Sarita said. Coach Sandhu, on the other hand, said: “We have got the notice from AIBA and we have to reply to it in 7 days time. We are preparing our reply and hopefully the matter will be resolved.”






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