Gold medal won at Commonwealth Games stolen during burglary
An Australian citizen who has had his Commonwealth Games medal stolen has told Neil Mitchell that the medal is extremely important to him and his team.
The medal, won by the Indian men’s table tennis team in 2006, was stolen from a home in Moonee Ponds, along with jewellery, watches and electronics on January 12.
Shibaji Datta, who is the owner of the medal, told Neil he was disappointed as table tennis was a relatively new addition to the Commonwealth Games when he won it.
‘The medal is very important to me and the team,’ Mr Shibaji told Neil Mitchell. ‘Table tennis was introduced in 2002…just losing the medal which we had won in 2006 is pretty disappointing.’
Detective Senior Constable Daniel Jacuta told Ross and John earlier in the day that he anticipated that the medal would be difficult to sell, but that he thinks the metal could be offered
for sale at auction houses or online selling sites.
Mr Datta is not yet sure if the medal can be replaced.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Listen in full as Neil Mitchell speaks with Shibaji Datta
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