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Sonowal tells IOA to push for revoking ban

Sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday said he has instructed the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to take up L Sarita Devi’s suspension at the international forum and push for withdrawing the ban imposed on the Indian woman boxer. ‘We have already instructed the Indian Olympic Association to take up the matter with the international forum for withdrawal of suspension on Sarita Devi,’ Sonowal told a news channel, adding: ‘We are asking IOA to take up the matter for a genuine cause of a player.

So, it is very important for the country and we will have to stand by our decision.’ Sonowal’s reaction came after the international sports body, AIBA, took strong action and provisionally suspended Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Asian Games podium ceremony. Even though the AIBA had taken note of Sarita’s written apology, the international body surprisingly decided to suspend the boxer and the national coaches.
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