AIBA provisionally suspended Sarita Devi and her coaches for Asian Games incident
AIBA provisionally suspended Indian boxer Laishram Sarita Devi for protesting against a controversial verdict, at 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
International Boxing Association (AIBA) on 22 October 2014 provisionally suspended Indian boxer Laishram Sarita Devi for protesting against a controversial verdict, at 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
During the Asiad, Sarita refused to accept the bronze medal and wear it around her neck during the podium ceremony of the lightweight semi-final of 57-60 kg category.
Apart from Sarita, 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.
As per AIBA’s notification, AIBA has sent Sarita’s case for review by the AIBA Disciplinary Commission, which means that these suspended people will not be allowed to participate at all levels of competitions, events and meetings, until further notice. These people will also not be allowed to participate in the 2014 AIBA women's world boxing championships to be held in Jeju Islands, Korea.
Incident that led to suspension of Sarita and her coaches
The 29-year-old boxer accepted the medal in her hand and then handed the medal to South Korean silver medallist Ji-Na Park, who had defeated Sarita. Sarita’s defeat by Park was controversial and seemed to be a bad referee decision. The referee’s decision was termed as controversial as Sarita dominated the fight, especially in the final two rounds, leaving her opponent with a bloodied nose, but the judges ruled in Jina's favour.