Rio Olympics 2016 : Mary Kom denied wild card entry


New Delhi : Five-time World Champion Mary Kom has failed to secure a berth for Rio Olympics 2016 because she has been denied wild card entry by AIBA. In a last-ditch attempt to fetch Mary Kom a Rio Olympics berth, the Indian Olympic Association 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. Mary Kom could not book an Olympic ticket after losing the second round of the World Championships.

“I have been duly informed that I won’t be getting the wild card for the Olympics. It is heartbreaking but it is something which I had no control over. 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 I think I am fit,” Mary Kom told to media. The Manipuri was eyeing a swansong Olympic appearance at Rio before calling it quits but 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," Mary Kom added. The ad-hoc committee, headed by Narsi, had also written to AIBA, seeking what is officially called a Tripartite Commission Invitation Place. There is only one such place on offer in the 51kg category, in which Mary Kom competes.The 33-year-old became the first Indian woman to win a boxing medal when she clinched bronze in the 2012 London Games.