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Indian boxer refuses bronze medal at Asian Games

Sarita Devi

Bronze medallist Vietnam’s Luu Thi Duyen (L) urges India’s Laishram Sarita Devi’s to go on to the podium after she decided to refuse to accept her bronze medal during the women’s lightweight (57-60kg) boxing medal ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games at the Seonhak Gymnasium in Incheon on October 1, 2014. Sarita Devi sensationally refused to accept her bronze medal in a row over judging standards. Devi’s highly controversial defeat to South Korea’s Park Ji-Na on September 30 had caused chaotic scenes with her husband scuffling with security. During the ceremony on October 1 Devi burst into tears as she walked to the podium and refused to accept her bronze medal. After the other medals had been awarded, Devi stepped off the podium, took the bronze from the official and went to shake silver medallist Park’s hand. As Park gave a traditional Korean bow, Devi put the bronze round the bemused fighter’s neck. AFP PHOTO/ INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Indian boxer Laishram Sarita Devi refused to let an official drape a bronze medal over her neck at the Asian Games on Wednesday, protesting the judging from a semifinal defeat to a South Korean in Incheon, South Korea.

The weeping woman instead held the medal in her hand. She later walked over to South Korean Park Ji-na, who beat her in the semifinal, and draped her bronze medal on Park who had won silver. Sarita walked back to her podium place.

Park then walked over to Sarita and tried to give her medal back. Sarita refused, so Park placed the medal on the podium while the Chinese anthem played for the gold medalist.

Here’s video with strong language from a spectator.

Sarita left without the medal, according to Reuters.

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