BI issue show-cause notice to Sarita Devi's husband

New Delhi: Under pressure from AIBA, Boxing India (BI) yesterday said it has decided to issue a show cause notice to boxer Sarita Devi's husband and personal coach for their unauthorised presence at the ringside during the Incheon Asian Games.

Sarita Devi
Sarita Devi

Sarita faces the prospect of a life ban from AIBA, the sport’s apex body, even though BI is trying to reduce the enormity of the punishment against the boxer for refusing to accept the Asian Games bronze medal owing to a controversial semifinal loss.

BI president Sandeep Jajodia said efforts are on to help Sarita avoid a “severe” punishment like a life ban.

“During the recent national congress of AIBA, we explained to them the circumstances in which it may have happened, Sarita’s outburst in the podium etc. We have already told them that we are contemplating to take action against Sarita’s personal coach and husband. They were not accredited people and had no business to be in the field of play,” Jajodia told a news channel yesterday.

“We are in the process of issuing a show cause notice to the coach and husband and we will be informing AIBA about all this. We are hoping that AIBA listens to our plea to be lenient to Sarita,” he added.

Sarjubala, Saweety assured of medals in Jeju
Indian boxers Shamjetsabam Sarjubala and Saweety notched up contrasting victories to reach the semi-finals and assure themselves of a medal each at the AIBA Women’s World Championships yesterday.

Sarjubala had a dominating 3-0 win over Suguro Aldriani of Indonesia in the 48kg category, while Saweety beat Marsic Anamarija 2-1 in the quarter-final of the 81kg  bout.

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