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Tuesday, March 28 2023

Mary Kom breaks down, alleges regional bias in selections

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Mumbai: Mary Kom, the 32-year-old five-time World amateur Boxing champion and Olympic bronze medalist  broke down during a public event in Mumbai on Thursday, alleging regional bias against her during boxing selections and trials.
She was speaking to journalists about boxing selections for various events when she broke down, alleging bias. “I will show who I am in the ring, that’s all. I don’t want to fight outside the ring actually. Whether this is fair or not fair…. well sometimes I feel very upset whether some of the referees/judges are not favour to me… But I doesn’t mind (sic),” she said. “Okay, I am from northeast, no problem. But I’m Indian, I’m doing well in the ring.”

She referred to Haryana’s Pinky Jangra, who competes in the same weight category as her, as the favourite of selectors. “There are so many controversies. Pinky Jangra, I always defeat her and prove it to get a gold medal in every competition but they (boxing selectors) continue to support her,” she said.

The London Olympics medalist was dropped from the Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and Jangra was chosen in her place. Pinky had beaten Mary in the trial of 51kg category before the Commonwealth Games but the Manipuri boxer claimed it was poorly judged.

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