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‘Magnificent Mary’ Denied Olympics 2016 Wild Card Entry, But Says She Will Not Retire Just Yet

Published on 23 June, 2016 at 6:03 pm By

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.


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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.

 

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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.


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Talking about IOA’s attempt, Kom said that though they had a world with AIBA, it was always going to be tough:

 

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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.

 


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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.”

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