Indian boxer Sarita Devi, who won a bronze medal at the Asian Games after a controversial bout against host nation South Korea's Park Ji-Na, spoke exclusively to NDTV. A disconsolate Sarita had refused to accept her bronze medal during the medal ceremony. She later apologised for her actions.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
- What has happened with me at Asian Games, should not happen to anyone else.
- What I did at the medal ceremony was not pre-planned. If it was pre-planned, I wouldn't have come out to the medal ceremony.
- I was pained at the way I was treated by the system.
- My Korean opponent also knew I was the winner. At the podium, she came and told me that according to her I was the winner.
- I worked extremely hard for this competition. I had to stay away from my one-and-a-half-year old child. He doesn't even recognize me sometimes.
- I felt very lonely in Korea but I am very happy with the support I have got in India.
- I want to thank fans from India to help me recover from a broken heart in Korea.
- I wanted to put the Indian flag on top but when I saw it at the bottom, I couldn't control myself.
- I want to forget this episode and start preparing for the upcoming World Championships and prove my worth.
- I thought a lot and then apologised to the AIBA for what I did at the Asian Games podium.
- I feel much better after coming back to India and meeting my family.