'I am not scared to fight Zareen in trials': Mary Kom

Ross Houston
October 19, 2019

Earlier in August, her trial for the selection to the World Championships was cancelled at the ninth hour and much to her surprise, Mary Kom was sent along to participate. With several complicated ploys at play, there are many respected athletes who matched their voice with Nikhat in asking "for a fair chance" in the form of a trial to decide who will go for the Olympic Qualifiers in Wuhan, next year. The fourth-position holder at the 2012 London Olympics, Karmakar hopes that Kom will come ahead and arrive at a comfortable solution before the authorities "rethink about a trial".

Kom, who criticised the judging after her semi-final defeat to Buse Çakıroğlu of Turkey at the World Championships earlier this month, has hit back by claiming victory over Zareen in a trial bout would be a "formality". "If 23-time gold medallist Michael Phelps had to qualify every time for the Olympics, the rest of us must do the same", she said.

"I have been inspired by Mary Kom since I was a teenager", Zareen wrote in her letter to the minister. According to the BFI document, the medallists of the AIBA World Championships will be sent directly to the first Olympic qualifiers to be held in China. "Although, Minister should not be involved in the selection of the players by the Sports Federations which are autonomous as per OLYMPIC CHARTER", Rijiju tweeted in response to Zareen's letter.

Zareen on Thursday had written to sports minister Kiren Rijiju and requested him to look into the issue of Boxing Federation of India (BFI) tweaking its selection rules and deciding to not hold selection trials in 51kg for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification event.

She also found support from Abhinav Bindra, India's only individual gold medal victor at the Olympics, as he re-tweeted Nikhat's tweet with the message: "While I have all the respect for Marykom, Fact is, an athletes life is an offering of proof. He doesn't know the exact rules of boxing", Mary Kom told news agency PTI.

"I'll surely convey to Boxing Federation to take the best decision keeping in mind the best interest of the NATION, SPORTS & ATHLETES".

"The best way I can do justice to this inspiration was to strive to be as great a boxer as her..." I had defeated Mary Kom in the trials before 2014 Commonwealth Games.

"All I want is a fair chance". This was after the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) said that it intends to choose six-time world champion Mary Kom (51kg) for the occasion in China on the again of her latest bronze medal profitable efficiency on the World Championships in Russia. Mary Kom stated there must be gender high quality within the choice standards.

With this bronze, Kom now has eight medals in the championships, making her the only athlete to have the tally in the history of the tournament.

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