MC Mary Kom has decided to withdraw her name from World Championship, Asian Games in order to pave the way for the new boxers participating in the trials for the upcoming IBA Elite Women’s World Boxing Championships and 2022 Asian Games.
Mary Kom to back off from World Championship:
The match is scheduled to start on March 7. With this Kom aims to give a platform to upcoming boxers and focus on her preparations for the Commonwealth Games.
While addressing the Boxing Federation of India, the London Olympic bronze medallist said, “I would like to withdraw to give the opportunity to the younger generation to make a name for themselves on the International stage and get exposure and experience of major tournaments. I would like to focus on the preparation for the Commonwealth Games only.”
About the Championship:
The selection trials for all 12 categories of the Women’s World Championships will commence from March 7, onwards and will end on March 9, where the trials will also include Asian Games weights divisions, which are the same as IBA.
Nevertheless, for the remaining two Asian Games weight categories, 51kg and 69kg, trials will be conducted separately on March 11-14 thereby giving more time to boxers of closest weight categories to also take a shot at the trials for the Asian Games.
Ajay Singh, President of Boxing Federation of India said, “Mary Kom has been the torchbearer for Indian boxing since the last two decades and has inspired countless boxers and sports persons across the world. We completely respect her decision and it is a testimony of her champion character to make way for the other boxers.”