New Delhi: Indian boxer Laishram Sarita, who was robbed off a gold medal bout at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea may return the bronze medal. According to reports, her husband C Thoiba said that they will accept the medal at the ceremony but are planning to return it as a mark of protest.
On Tuesday, a dominant Sarita lost her light-weight semi-final bout against South Korea's Jina Park in dubious circumstances. Following the match, Indian contingent lodged a complaint but it was rejected by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
After the match, a distraught Sarita said, “I don’t accept this decision. It’s wrong,” even as her husband Thoiba confronted the match officials screaming: “You’ve killed boxing!”
Sarita returned to the ring after giving birth to a baby boy and won a silver medal in the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Often compared to legendary, Mary Kom – who has qualified for the gold medal bout in women's fly-weight (48-51kg) category.
Moments later, the gathering at Seonhak Gymnasium witnessed Mongolia’s bantam-weight boxer Tugstsogt Nyambayar losing his bout against South Korea’s Ham Sang-Myeong, in similar fashion. And in the afternoon, Sarita's brother, Devendro was denied a place in semi-finals by judges.
Devendro, like his sister dominated the South Korean opponent Shin Jonghun in the men's 49kg quarter-final bout from the start, but the judges ruled the home favourite winner.
With Agency inputs