Asian Games: Inconsolable Sarita refuses bronze, medal with organisers

Indian boxer Lalshram Sarita Devi is in tears after she was knocked out of the 60 kg boxing semifinal bout against Korea at the Asian Games in Incheon on Tuesday.
Incheon, Oct 1: Distraught after losing her controversial semi-final bout, Indian boxer L Sarita Devi today stunned officials and spectators by refusing to accept the bronze medal, which is now in the custody of organisers.

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The lightweight (60kg) boxer was in disbelief yesterday when she lost against home favourite Jina Park, who ended up as the silver-medallist. Sarita was clearly the better of the two pugilists but the judges thought otherwise.

The Indian subsequently also lost an appeal against the judges' decision and today tearfully made her way to the medal ceremony. Crying bitterly on the podium, Sarita first refused to wear the medal before handing it over to Park after sharing an emotional hug with the home boxer.

The former Asian and world champion then left the ceremony. Park, visibly rattled by the turn of events, left the medal on the podium and made her exit. Sarita appeared to be a clear winner in the bout yesterday, dominating the proceedings with such ferocity that Park barely managed to stand the assault.

But much to the shock of the Indian contingent and the spectators, the judges awarded the bout to Park.


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