The AIBA had provisionally suspended Sarita on October 22, along with coaches and officials for violating code of conduct. Even though, Sarita had apologised to the world body and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the AIBA refused to relent. With the executive committee not moving from its decision, the boxer’s future is now in a limbo.
The AIBA has also banned foreign coach BI Fernandez for two years. "They thought, the coaches too provoked her to take such a stand," a top BI official confirmed.
The sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal had written to the AIBA chief requesting him to revoke the suspension, but Wednesday’s decision proved that the world body is not in a mood to soften their stand. Sarita’s husband Thoiba, however, told ABP News that they haven’t heard anything yet.
“We will comment only after there’s an official letter. If she’s really suspended, then we will think about our next plan of action,” Thoiba said. Sachin Tendulkar had come out in Sarita’s support and had requested the union sports minister to support her cause.
But people in the boxing fraternity feel, even if Sarita is suspended, it won’t have much of an impact on her participation in Olympics in 2016. With no major events lined up, she will just have to be out of the ring for a year!