Indian Boxing Champion: Sarita Devi

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Laishram Sarita Devi was in the news recently after refusing to accept her bronze medal at the Incheon Asian Games. The Manipuri woman got all the stamina by helping her family collect firewood when she was young. She took up professional boxing in 2000 inspired by the achievements of Muhammed Ali.

Her medal record at various international events are as under:

Asian Championships:
Silver – 2001 Bangkok
Gold – 2003 Hisar
Gold – 2005 Kaohsiung City
Gold – 2008 Guwahati
Gold – 2010 Astana
Commonwealth Games – Silver – 2014 Glasgow
Asian Games – Bronze – 2014 Incheon

World Championships:
Bronze – 2005 Podolsk
Gold – 2006 New Delhi
Bronze – 2008 Ningbo

Arjuna award – 2009