Although Mary Kom’s dream to take part in Rio Olympics 2016 has shattered after the boxer was denied a wildcard entry, but the Bronze medalist winner of the last Olympic game said on Thursday, that she would not hang up her gloves just yet.
The five-time world champion failed to get theticket for Rio through the two qualifiers held in March and then last month. Now it seems, her last ray of hope is also gone now. The Indian Olympic Association and the ad-hoc committee administering boxing in the country failed to convince the IOC and as a result failed to fetch Mary a wildcard entry. But despite being heartbroken, Mary will continue her love and passion for the game.
Mary told PTI from Imphal, “I have been duly informed that I won’t be getting a wildcard for the Olympics. It is heartbreaking, but it is something which I had no control on. I have to accept this decision, but I am not quitting the sport right now. I will continue to compete till I am feeling fit and for the time being I think I am fit.”
The 33-year old boxer from Manipur got two golden chances to seal her berth for the Rio Olympics, but missed on the both occasions; first in March at the Asian Zone Qualifiers and then last month at the World Championships.
The IOA and the ad-hoc committee also tried their best to send Mary at Rio and approached the International Boxing Association (AIBA) for a Tripartite Commission Invitation Place, but IOC declined the request too.
“The ad-hoc committee has had a word with AIBA President Dr Ching Kuo Wu. It was always going to be tough to get a wildcard,” Mary said.
The Gold medalist winner of the last Asian Games was looking for swansong Olympic appearance at Rio before announcing her retirement, but as the situation has changed, Mary too has changed her mind, at least for the time being.
“I am aware that retirement is something that would be talked about a lot but for the time being, I have dropped the idea. Of course, I would be spending more time at my academy training young kids, but I will continue to devote as much time to my training as well. “
‘Magnificent Mary, who is not only the most prolific woman boxer of the country but also a renowned name in the international circuit too. Mary was recently chosen as one of the eight ambassadors of the World Championships, where the ‘Iron Lady’ could only progress to the second round.
So when asked about her plans, Mary answered “There are no competitions apart from Olympics this year. So I have a lot of time at hand to think and reflect. I will see how things go. It will all depend on my fitness; I feel fit right now. If I continue to feel the same way, I will continue for some time. I am not feeling good about how things have panned out, but I am sure future is good for me.”