Rio Olympics: Boxing Federation to seek wildcard entry for Mary Kom


New Delhi: London Olympics bronze medalist woman boxer MC Mary Kom failed to qualify for the Olympics can get a second chance to bring glory to India. Mary Kom, loss to Germany’s Azize Nimani in the AIBA Woman’s World Boxing Championships in Astana last month.

Indian Boxing Federation is looking to appeal for a wild card entry for Mary Kom.  However, that depends on whether the Amateur International Boxing Association will accept such a proposal. 

Mary Kom, who is called 'Magnificent Mary' by AIBA, is a five-time world champion besides being a bronze-medallist from the London Olympics.

The wildcards are basically Tripartite Commission Invitation Places, which are made available to all the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participating in the Olympics.

In the three Olympic categories of 51kg, 60kg and 75kg in women's boxing, only one wildcard is available per division.

The decision on beneficiaries of these lucky tickets is taken only at the end of all the Olympic qualifying events in a particular sport.

In boxing, the Olympic qualifiers will draw to a close in the last week of this month with the AIBA world qualifiers for men in Azerbaijan.

Only one Indian boxer Shiva Thapa (56kg) has so far qualified for the Olympic Games.