New Delhi: India's Asian Games Chef-de-Mission Adille Sumariwala yesterday slammed the AIBA for provisionally suspending him in Sarita Devi episode, saying that the boxing world body has gone beyond its "jurisdiction".
Sumariwala said that he was not at all concerned with the provisional suspension handed out to him by the AIBA after boxer Sarita Devi refused to accept her bronze medal owing to a controversial semifinal loss at the Incheon Asiad.
"Who is AIBA to suspend me? I have gone to Incheon Asiad as head of Indian contingent. I had done my duty to help out a boxer in my contingent in my capacity as the head on my country's contingent," Sumariwala, also the president of Athletics Federation of India, said.
"The AIBA has no jurisdiction at all to issue a provisional suspension on me. It was uncalled for," he added.
Sumariwala questioned the rationale behind AIBA's decision to provisionally suspend him. "I want to know what my suspension is from, which event or competition.
I am not taking part in any boxing competition as an official in future. So, I am not concerned at all about this AIBA suspension. I have nothing to do with it," he said.