after years of speculation over her retirement, six-time world champion MC Mary Kom on Thursday said she plans to cling her gloves after triumphing the elusive gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
The 36-yr-antique has been the inspiring force in Indian boxing. In her 18-yr long illustrious career, she has won six World Championships, an Olympic bronze medal, and five Asian Championships.
Besides being an active and pinnacle-level boxer, she is also a sitting Rajya Sabha MP.
“After 2020 I need to retire. So my major undertaking is to get a gold for India. I need to win ( gold),” Mary Kom said on the sidelines of an event organized by using Colgate.
Mary Kom won the bronze medal in the flyweight class on the 2012 London Olympics. She now targets to trade the color of her medal to gold.
“I usually try my excellent to offer a medal to u. S. And if possible a gold. I might be starting my practice for the Olympic qualifiers and the World Championship. I want to win a gold medal this time.”
The boxing fraternity is facing tumultuous conditions in the run-up to the Olympics in the subsequent 12 months. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has stripped the International Boxing Association (AIBA) from web hosting activities on the Tokyo Olympics.
The IOC has introduced that it’s going to put together a new calendar for Olympic qualifiers between January and May subsequent year and it can have a re-take a look at the burden classes. Indian pugilists are caught in limbo however Mary Kom feels it’s far useful for her if the qualifiers are held a subsequent year.
“It is without a doubt better for me I will get more time to put together,” she stated.
“We are education regularly for all competitions, not just the Olympics. In the World Championship, I get to know the opponents, what their strengths and weaknesses are. Accordingly, I can put together. I may also get greater time for getting ready if the qualifiers are held later.”
After failing to qualify for the Rio Games, Mary Kom had changed her weight class to 48kg in December 2016 but now the pugilist from Manipur is again to compete in the 51kg.
Asked approximately the transition, Mary Kom said: “51kg class isn’t always new for me. I was presented in this class 4-five years returned. It turned into not continuous because I stored changing my weight.