After clinching an unprecedented five world titles, M.C. Mary Kom will make a bid for a berth in the Olympics as she spearheads the country’s 10—strong squad at the World Championships in Qinhuangdao, China – women’s boxing’s first and only qualifying event before its historic debut at the London Games.
After a two—day trial at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala, the Indian women’s team for the mega—event from May 9 to 20 was announced on Wednesday, with the country fielding boxers in all the three weight categories in which women pugilists will make their Olympic debut (51kg, 60kg and 75kg).
In the 51kg, it is the ever—reliable Mary Kom, who has dominated the World Championships with five gold medals, and is on a high after clinching the Asian Championship title just a few days ago.
The 29—year—old mother of two from Manipur would be without doubt India’s best bet for getting an Olympic slot given her unmatched international feats, which brought her the name ‘Magnificent Mary’.
The 60kg division features L Sarita Devi, another veteran who has two World Championship gold medals under her belt besides four Asian titles. The 75kg division has Pooja Rani, who had notched up a bronze medal at the recent Asian Championships.
“We have selected a strong team and hopefully we will get good results at the World Championships. All three Olympic categories have very strong contenders in our team who have been good international performers. They were selected after elaborate trials and I am sure they will deliver,” Indian Boxing Federation Secretary General P K Muralidharan Raja told PTI.
Keywords: Mary Kom