Indian Boxer Mary Kom’s last hope to represent India at Rio Olympic were dashed on June 22, when IOC declined Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) request to provide Mary with a Wild Card entry to the 2016 Games.
Though, heartbroken, India’s star pugilist said she would not hang up her gloves just yet and would continue to box till she is fit.
Kom, 33, has been the world champion five times in the past, but failed make the Rio cut as she didn’t qualify during the two qualifiers – the Asian Zone Qualifiers and World Championships – 2016.
In a last-ditch attempt to fetch Mary Kom a Rio Olympics berth, the IOA and the ad-hoc committee administering boxing in the country had sent a a wild card request for the celebrated boxer, who could not make the cut via qualifiers.
IOA thus approached the International Boxing Association (AIBA) for a Tripartite Commission Invitation Place, which happened to be just one in her category, but were not able to secure it. Talking about IOA’s attempt, Kom said that though they had a world with AIBA, it was always going to be tough:
Before the qualifiers, Kom was eyeing not only to secure an Olympic appearance at Rio, but make it her last event before calling it quits.
But now changing her mind she said she was aware of the fact that retirement was something that would be talked about “but for the time being I have dropped the idea.”