After losing her Asian Games 2014 semifinal bout in a controversial decision, Indian boxer L Sarita Devi stunned officials and spectators by refusing to accept the bronze medal. The bronze medal is now in the custody of organisers. 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.
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