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Sarita Devi gets 1 Year Ban for Refusing Asian Games Bronze

New Delhi, Dec 17: International Boxing Association (AIBA) on Wednesday banned Indian boxer Sarita Devi for one year for refusing her Asian Games bronze medal in Incheon following a controversial semi-final loss. Sarita was also fined 1000 CHF (Swiss Frank).

Along with the athlete, Indian foreign coach BI Fernandez has been banned for two years while national coach GS Sandhu has been cleared.

Sarita had apologised to the association for her attitude. However, her mistake was not ignored by it. She had to pay for refusing to accept her bronze medal at the presentation ceremony in the Asian Games. She was in tears and refused to accept after Korean opponent Park Ji-Na was announced the winner against her in the semifinal.

She was backed by several Indian sportspersons including Sachin Tendulkar and star boxer Vijender Sing, who urged the world body to forgive her. She missed the women's world boxing championship due to the indefinite ban which was initially imposed on her.

Boxing India president Sandeep Jajodia said the national body had worked hard in a bid to ensure she did not get a long ban.

"There was apprehension that Sarita would be banned for life but BI continuously worked to get relief for Sarita, trying to impress on AIBA that she is a disciplined boxer," Jajodia said.

Earlier on December 10, Sarita had finally received her medal from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Rajeev Mehta. She will be eligible to return to action by November 2015, in time for the women's Olympic qualifiers for the Rio Games in 2016.

-With inputs from AP

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