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NEW DELHI,CHANDER SHEKHAR LUTHRA : Fixing in boxing is not new. In fact, during the Incheon Asian Games in 2014, the entire Indian sports fraternity got behind Sarita Devi when the International Boxing Association (AIBA)-appointed referees allegedly “fixed” a bout for a local South Korean pugilist.
But hardly anyone raises a voice when similar things take place in our country. Not long ago, Haryana boxer Pinki Jangra cried foul when she was allegedly “defeated” in that famous trial bout in Patiala to allow five-time world champion MC Mary Kom to go to Incheon. Kom eventually added a gold to her kitty.
This time, Pinki’s case is even more curious. Having chosen two North-East cities, Guwahati and Shillong, to host the South Asian Games (SAG) next month, the sports ministry wanted Mary Kom and Sarita Devi to be given automatic qualification for the Games.
But the Boxing India (BI) ad hoc committee, appointed by AIBA, stuck to its rules that “only boxers who win their trial bouts would be sent to the Games”.
So, all state federations were called for trials to shortlist pugilists for the test event for the SAG, to be held in Shillong from February 19-22. The Railways also conducted its trials at the capital’s Karnail Singh Stadium on January 14. Pinki, being Railways’ top pugilist, reportedly qualified for the test event by defeating her teammate Sarju Bala 3-2. For some “unknown” reasons, the result of the bout was not announced by the organisers.
But dna was told that the entire bout was recorded by Pinki’s sympathisers, given the history of mistrust. So, the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) ordered a retrial on the very next day (Jan 15) citing the presence of two non-qualified judges out of the total five during the trials.
The only exception, however, was the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 where she was given fair a treatment against her famous opponent.