India Open silver-medallist Vanlal Duati challenges semi-final defeat to Ritu at National Championships, says she 'feels robbed'

  • India Open silver-medallist and defending champion Vanlal Duati (51kg) on Saturday said she was robbed of a win at the ongoing National Championships here and has challenged her 2-3 semi-final loss to Haryana's Ritu

  • The Boxing Federation of India has assured her of a decision on her appeal by 7am on Sunday

  • Duati had lost to the iconic MC Mary Kom in the final of the India Open earlier this year

Kannur: India Open silver-medallist and defending champion Vanlal Duati (51kg) on Saturday said she was robbed of a win at the ongoing National Championships and has challenged her 2-3 semi-final loss to Haryana's Ritu.

 India Open silver-medallist Vanlal Duati challenges semi-final defeat to Ritu at National Championships, says she feels robbed

File image of Vanlal Duati. Twitter@BFI_Official

The Mizo boxer, who is a five-time national medallist, said her loss was nothing short of "cheating". The Boxing Federation of India has assured her of a decision on her appeal by 7am on Sunday.

"A judge (Neelam Punia) was replaced by another (D S Raju) just at the end of the first round, all of a sudden, no reason was given. I have never complained about any loss in my career but I feel robbed today," Duati told PTI.

"I have paid Rs 5,000 and sought a review. They will tell me tomorrow morning at 7, what is the point of it. Tomorrow is the final. I don't have any hope," she added.

Duati had lost to the iconic MC Mary Kom in the final of the India Open earlier this year.

A top Boxing Federation of India official said judges can be changed in the bout only with the permission of the supervisor and only in extraordinary circumstances. It is being investigated whether due procedure was followed in this case.

"Punia was changed because she was affiliated to perhaps one of the competing boxers' units. We will have to see whether the supervisor's permission was duly taken in this," he said.

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Updated Date: Dec 07, 2019 20:33:29 IST