New Delhi: It was an unpleasant sight at the 17th Asian Games 2014 for India, where ace boxer Sarita Devi (60kg) had to settle for a bronze despite dominating her semifinal bout against local favourite Jina Park.
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 Devi in a state of shock and she was seen weeping inconsolably. Sarita's husband Thoiba Singh was heard screaming at the officials and he also got into a scuffle with security officials.
Post the controversial bout, an outraged Indian boxing contingent lodged a protest and demanded a review of the match.
The Indian boxing contingent lodged a protest after paying a USD 500 fee, which would not be refunded if the review upholds the original decision.
"A protest has been lodged against the decision," a member of the contingent told PTI.
Speaking to media after the bout, Sarita Devi said that the decision was quite shocking for her.
"I am very upset. I stayed away from my kid to prepare for this competition. They ruined all my hard work in just a minute. The controversies always stick with me and I don't know why I am punished," said the 32-year-old.
Meanwhile, speaking to a leading news channel, five-time World Champion Mary Kom pitched in her support for her compatriot. When asked whether the decision went in Park's favour because she was a Korean, Mary Kom said, "Of course, obviously. One can understand if it was a difference or one or two points. But it was a one-sided match."
Thoiba Singh, Sarita's husband, too was clearly upset and he even said that the result of the bout was pre-decided.
"It was fixed! Everybody saw that bout, right from the beginning, Sarita was dominating till end. Against the rule of the game, this is totally unacceptable," he said.
Thoiba further said that the decision had even left the Korean supporters disappointed.
"Everyone is upset, including the South Korean supporters. It's totally unacceptable, it's totally unjustified, and in one word – uncivilised," he added.