New Delhi: There was a huge controversy at the Asian Games 2014 on Tuesday when ace Indian boxer Sarita Devi, had to settle for a bronze medal despite dominating her semifinal bout against local favourite Jina Park in the 60kg category.
The 32-year-old boxer from Manipur dominated majority of the bout. The judges, however, thought otherwise and declared the Korean as the winner.
The decision, which drew huge criticism, left Sarita in a state of shock and she was seen weeping inconsolably. Sarita's husband Thoiba Singh was heard screaming at the officials and also got into a scuffle with security officials.
Sarita borrowed $500 and lodged an official complaint against the result. It didn't work out in her favour as according to the rules, a player cannot challenge the result of the judges.
On Wednesday, Sarita once again broke down during the medal ceremony. She sent the crowd and the officials in a state of shock as she refused to accept the bronze medal. She however accepted the flowers which were offered to her by the officials.
The story didn't end there and Sarita Devi went to local Jina and gave her bronze medal to her. The Korean too was in a state of shock and she later on offered her silver medal to Sarita, who expectedly, refused to take it.
Towards the end, Sarita's bronze medal was left on the podium even when all the athletes had left. Later on, a volunteer came and took the medal away.