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Mary Kom To Skip Boxing Nationals; To Focus On World Championships

Mary Kom, who is a six-time world champion, is training for the women's World Championships to be held in December in Istanbul.

Mary Kom To Skip Boxing Nationals; To Focus On World Championships
The 38-year-old Mary Kom reached the pre-quarterfinals of Tokyo Olympics before bowing out with a hard-fought loss. | File photo
Mary Kom To Skip Boxing Nationals; To Focus On World Championships
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2021-10-18T23:20:08+05:30

Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom will not compete in the upcoming National Women’s Boxing Championships in Hisar. (Other Sports News)

The 38-year-old, who reached the pre-quarters of Tokyo Olympics before bowing out with a hard-fought loss, is, however, training for the World Championships in December.

Even though the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has announced that only gold medal winners from the Nationals will make the squad, it is reliably learnt that trials could be held in a couple of weight categories, including the 48kg division, which Mary Kom would prefer to compete in.

The national championships will be held in Hisar from October 21. Olympic bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) has been given direct selection for the world event based on her Tokyo performance. She will also be skipping the domestic showpiece.

Mary Kom, a multiple-time Asian gold-medallist, has not competed since the Tokyo Games and a federation source said, she would have given the Nationals a shot if the announcement on world championship selection had come sooner.

The BFI’s decision of picking only national gold-winners for the world championships was announced on October 5. “She would have competed had she known about this earlier. She would have prepared accordingly,” the federation said.

The other two Tokyo Olympians, Simranjeet Kaur (60kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg), will be competing at the nationals. The women’s boxing World Championships will be held in Istanbul in early December and will offer a total prize money of USD 2.6 million, same amount as marked for the men’s event, due to start on October 24 in Belgrade, Serbia. 

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