India’s tainted boxer Sarita Devi has been sent home from the National Boxing camp and is all set to miss out from the World Boxing Championships that begins in a month’s time. Sarita Devi, who was accused for her actions during the medal ceremony of the 2014 Icheon Asian Games where she refused to accept her Bronze medal.
“Sarita will miss the world championship for the first time in her life. It’s a big setback for her but she will take it in her stride,” said Sarita’s husband, Thoiba Singh.
In the semi-final bout of the Asian Games, she has been robbed off the match as the referee gifted away the bout in favour of her Korean opponent. Sarita vented out the frustrations during the medal ceremony where Sarita garlanded the silver medal winning Korean with her Bronze Medal which she was awarded and refused to take back the medal.
Even the Indian Olympic Association came to the rescue during the games as she borrowed the money from her coach and a journalist to appeal the result of the bout. She was later warned by the AIBA and was slapped with a ban. Finally Sarita apologized for her actions and the Indian Boxing association has written to the AIBA to show some leniency towards Sarita.
India will be going to the World Championships without Sarita (60kg), five time World Champion MC Mary Kom (51 kg) and Pooja Rani (75 kg). Mary Kom is nursing an injury while Pooja has skipped training and is concentrating on the 2016 Rio de Janerio Olympics. They will be replaced by Pinki Jangra (51kg), Priyanka Choudhary (60kg) and Monica Saun (75kg)
The eighth women’s world championship will be held from November 13-25 in Jeju City, South Korea. The weakened Indian team will look to make a statement in the tournament.