Finally India’s women boxer Sarita Devi received her 2014 Incheon Asian Games bronze medal which she had refused to accept at the medal ceremony for the women’s 60 kg category. The medal was presented to Sarita by Indian Olympic Association (IOA) General Secretary Rajeev Mehta presenting it to her last night at the IOA Headquarters.
“L Sarita Devi, bronze medal winner in boxing 60kg weight category in 17th Asian Games 2014 held in Incheon, Korea received her medal in New Delhi. The Secretary General, Indian Olympic Association Rajeev Mehta handed over the medal to her in the office of the IOA in New Delhi. I had a lengthy discussion with Sarita today and I told her the IOA is behind her. We have also written a letter to the AIBA to take a lenient view on her,” the IOA said in a statement.
Sarita was suspended by the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) after she refused to accept her medal following a controversial semifinal loss in the Asian Games. The AIBA is yet to take a final call on Sarita’s punishment but Dr Wu has already made it clear that her career is “as good as over” despite tendering an unconditional apology for her actions.
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has written a letter to the AIBA to revoke the suspension on Sarita, considering her earlier track record of good behaviour. Five time World Champion MC Mary Kom and legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has also extended support to Sarita while urging the people, the government and sports bodies to work for Sarita’s cause.