Sarita Devi apologises, Boxing India to appeal against suspension
Boxing India president Sandeep Jajodia on Monday said that AIBA should consider Sarita Devi's unconditional apology and her impeccable past disciplinary record and revoke the decision.other Updated: Oct 27, 2014 19:37 IST
Boxing India (BI) will appeal the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) provisional suspension of pugilist Laishram Sarita Devi.
The AIBA suspended Sarita Devi and her coaches indefinitely because of her protest at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea after she had refused to accept the bronze medal at the podium during the award ceremony in protest at a controversial verdict handed out against her.
Earlier on Monday, Sarita Devi pleaded with AIBA in a written letter to lift the provisional suspension imposed on her for refusing to accept her bronze medal, saying that she deeply regrets her outburst on the podium and would never repeat it.
Sarita's participation in the World Championships next month has been jeopardised due to the suspension.
"I do accept that the incidents should not have happened and I deeply regret the incidents with a pledge that this will never happen again," the former world and Asian champion wrote in her reply to AIBA's notice.
"Realising my mistakes, I had immediately tendered an apology letter to Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Organising Committee of the Asian Games 2014 and accepted the bronze medal," she said.
Sarita said her impeccable disciplinary record before the Asiad furore should be taken into account when her fate is decided by the AIBA's disciplinary committee.
"In my 14-year long career, I had never been involved in any act of indiscipline or misconduct both in the national and international arena. Being one of the pioneers of amateur women boxer in the world who participated in the first World Women Boxing Championship in the USA in 2001, I would like to plea to your good office to consider my case and pardon me for the incidents in Incheon Asian Games, 2014," she said.
Sarita also insisted that her actions on the podium were not planned and neither were they instigated by her husband or the three ringside coaches.
Speaking to media in Delhi, Boxing India president Sandeep Jajodia said that AIBA should consider Sarita Devi's unconditional apology and her impeccable past disciplinary record and revoke the decision.
"Sarita Devi's suspension is obviously a very unfortunate thing because she is a very promising boxer and she has been doing very well," Jajodia said.
"We have decided that we will appeal as Boxing India on her behalf to AIBA, besides her own apology, and we hope that we will be able to convince AIBA that this was a very spontaneous emotional outburst by the lady and she is apologetic about it," he said.
Three ringside coaches - Gurbakhsh Singh Sandhu, Blas Iglesias Fernandez and Sagar Mal Dhayal - were also provisionally suspended from taking part at all levels of competitions and meetings until further notice.
First Published: Oct 27, 2014 18:36 IST