The organising committee of Asian Games on Thursday said that Indian boxer Laishram Sarita Devi’s refusal to accept her bronze medal during the ceremony was “regretful and against the spirit of sportsmanship” and the matter has now landed in the doorsteps of Olympic Council of Asia.
“The refusal to accept the medal by Indian boxer Sarita Devi was regretful and against the spirit of sportsmanship. The matter has gone to the working group of the Olympic Council of Asia who would decide on the matter now,” said Games organising committee’s deputy secretary general, Cheon-taik Son, at the morning media briefing.
Light weight woman boxer Sarita, who was robbed off a shot at gold due to poor ring-side judging despite totally dominating her semi final bout on September 30 against her South Korean opponent Jina Park, did not allow the medal to be hung around her neck at the medal ceremony.
After accepting it by hand, she hung it around the neck of silver medallist Park, who controversially defeated her in the semi finals, and left the podium without the medal which was left behind by the Korean too.