Incheon: Indian boxer Sarita Devi’s emotional refusal to wear the bronze medal at the Asian Games podium has not gone down well with some members of the national contingent.
Contingent sources told PTI that at least one top international boxer, felt that the Manipur boxer should not have behaved the way she did. “We all sympathise with her but she should realise that winning and losing is a part and parcel of sports, you win some and lose some. What happened sets a bad precedent. She’s a top boxer and her behaviour will give wrong ideas to youngsters who look up to her,” said one official. “It is also wrong to say she was not supported. The chief coach of boxing was there, the deputy chef de mission was there. But the fact is, as per the rules you cannot lodge a protest.”