Indian boxer L.Sarita Devi has been provisionally suspended by the AIBA for refusing to accept the bronze medal she won after losing the semifinal fight over a controversial decision at the 2014 Asian Games.
Along with Sarita Devi, her coaches Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu, B.I.Fernandes and Sagar Mai Dhayal and India’s chef-de-mission Adille Sumariwala to the Incheon Asiad 2014 have also been suspended. All of them are prohibited from participating in the upcoming competitions till further notice. Other than AIBA competitions, they also cannot participate in AIBA events and meetings. This Sarita Devi case has now been sent for review by the AIBA Disciplinary Commission.
The suspension means that Sarita Devi will miss the upcoming Women’s World Championships in Jeju, South Korea which is scheduled to take place between November 13 and 25.
The judgment sentencing Olympian Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was passed by Judge Thokozile Masipa.
Oscar Pistorius was convicted earlier by a South African Court for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend. The Court held that Pistorius had unintentionally killed her. Pistorius had claimed that he had mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder and shot and killed her.
Pistorius has been sentenced to the maximum of five years for the crime of culpable homicide. He was also found guilty on one charge of possessing a gun at a restaurant and sentenced for three years. The two sentences are expected to run concurrently.
However, Pistorius could have his sentence commuted to corrective supervision, or house arrest, after serving a sixth of the sentence i.e. 10 months.
About Oscar Pistorius
Pistorius was born with a congenital abnormality, which led to him getting both his legs amputated below the knee even before his first birthday. He is a Paralympics and Olympics sprinter. In 2012, he became the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics. Though he did not win a medal there, he won a medal in the Paralympics.
Resignation by Walsh
Walsh tendered his resignation as the coach stating bureaucratic hassles, non-payment of dues and his own family commitments as reasons contributing to the decision. He questioned the decision-making process of the bureaucrats given the responsibility of regulating Indian sports. He also mentioned the difficulty in working with the SAI (Sports Authority of India) and HI (Hockey India).
Withdrawal of resignation
Later, Walsh agreed to put his resignation on hold till November 19, when he expects the SAI to implement some of its proposed solutions. After evaluating the changes, he is expected to make a final decision on his resignation.
The withdrawal of Walsh’s resignation gives the authorities the opportunity to address his grievances. According to his contract, Walsh can choose to return to his position one month from the date he tenders his resignation, if both parties can reach an understanding.
Submission of report
The Union Sports Minister has asked his department secretary and the SAI to submit a report on Walsh’s resignation within 24 hours.
Walsh’s resignation comes at a crucial time for the Indian hockey team which requires a coach to prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Under Walsh’s guidance, the Indian hockey team won the gold medal in the Asian Games at Incheon, which automatically qualified them to the 2016 Olympics.