Sarita Devi determined to win an Olympic medal

Overwhelmed by the support she received from Boxing India and her fellow countrymen including cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar while facing the prospect of a life ban, boxer L Sarita Devi hopes to make it count by winning a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 27, 2014, 18:18 PM IST
Sarita Devi determined to win an Olympic medal

Kolkata: Overwhelmed by the support she received from Boxing India and her fellow countrymen including cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar while facing the prospect of a life ban, boxer L Sarita Devi hopes to make it count by winning a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"I really thank Sachin Tendulkar, Boxing India and my fellow countrymen who stood behind me and gave me a second chance. I don't want to let go their support in vain and win an Olympic medal," Sarita Devi, who was handed a one-year ban by AIBA for showing dissent at the Asian Games Incheon in October, said here.

Here in the city for a felicitation programme, the Manipuri boxer said she wants to forget the past and start a new life.

"I don't want to talk about what happened. I was very much mentally disturbed and I've forgotten every bit of it. All my focus is now on earning my country an Olympic medal in 2016," the 29-year-old said.

The lightweight pugilist was furious after losing her semifinal to local favourite Park Ji-na and she refused to accept the bronze medal, prompting the AIBA to suspend her indefinitely.

AIBA later handed her a one-year ban which would get over in October next year and can be further reduced based on her conduct.

"Everyone learns from experience and I too have to learn to be positive... I have brought the country medals, including from Asian games, Commonwealth Games, Asian championship and World Championship. Before I put off my gloves, I want to bring Olympic glory for India," she added.