Asian Games 2014 Current Affairs - 2019
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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 Indian Women’s Kabaddi team defeated Iran to the win the gold at the Asian Games. This is the second successive Asian Games win for the team since women’s kabaddi was introduced in 2010 in the Guanzhou Asian Games. The Indian Men’s kabaddi team also won a gold at the Asian Games. India has won a gold consistently since the game’s introduction in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing. This is the men’s team’s 7th successive win.
Kabaddi in India and the World
Kabaddi is a contact sport whose origins are believed to be in South India, though now the game is popular throughout South Asia. It is also the national game of Bangladesh and Nepal, not to mention the State Game of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Bihar and Punjab.
KFI (Kabaddi Federation of India) was founded in 1950, and its most significant contribution was the compiling of a standard set of rules. AKFI (Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India) was established in 1973 and AKFI has modified the rules for kabaddi.
Kabaddi at the international level is governed by the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF), which was formed in 2004. 31 national associations are members of IKF, including India. The founding President of KFI was Jarnardhan Singh Gehlot, who was the President of AKFI for 28 years and was also made its life President in 2013.