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AIBA suspends boxer Sarita Devi, coaches and chef-de-mission

Sarita-DeviAIBA has suspended India boxer L Sarita Devi and her coaches for an indefinite period because of her Asian Games protest. Her coach GS Sandhu and Indian chef-de-mission AJ Sumariwalla also faced the brunt. AIBA will not allow any of them to participate at all levels of various competitions, events and meetings until further notice.

This case has been sent for review by the AIBA Disciplinary Commission, and it means that Sarita Devi will not be allowed to participate in the AIBA women’s world boxing championships in Jeju Islands (Korea), 2014, said an AIBA release.

Sarita Devi, who had dominated her 60kg semifinals bout against South Korean boxer Ji-Na Park, had reacted strongly after she was declared the loser. She had refused to accept the bronze medal, but later apologised to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), which had given her a stern warning.

Even though the AIBA had taken note of her written apology, it surprisingly decided to suspend not only the boxer but also other Indian officials as well.

Earlier on October 2, reports suggested that Sarita Devi was about to face suspension after refusing to accept her medal on the podium in the Incheon Asian Games 2014.

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) had taken a dim view of Sarita’s behaviour on the podium, opening a disciplinary case against her.

“The whole incident looked like a well-planned scenario by her and her team, and it is regretful to watch a boxer refuse the medal regardless of what happened in the competition,” AIBA technical delegate David Francis said in a statement.

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