Legendary Indian Cricketer and 2014 Bharat Ratna awardee Sachin Tendulkar has come in support of tainted Indian woman boxer Sarita Devi Laishram, who was suspended last by AIBA last month for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
Sarita was robbed off her bout, which was gifted to her Korean opponent in the semi-finals of 57-60 kg category. She protested against the verdict without the support of IOA officials and had to borrow money from her coach and Journalist to appeal the verdict.
She even refused to wear the medal around her neck as she broke down on the podium during the ceremony for the 57-60 kg category.
Last week Sachin wrote to Sarbananda Sonowal, minister of state for youth affairs and sports, urging him to give Sarita Devi full support so that her career is not threatened and end in a premature manner.
“Since she has already apologised, as a country we must make every effort to ensure that Sarita Devi is pardoned and allowed to pursue her boxing skills and the highest level,” Sachin wrote.
Sachin also requested Sonowal to consider forming a task force of senior officials from the Indian Olympic Association and the Boxing India backed with strong legal minds under his (Sonowal’s) stewardship. Sachin wrote that the objective of this task force should be to deter any potential move by the governing body to cause irreversible harm to Sarita Devi’s career by placing compelling arguments in her defence.