Olympic bronze medalist boxer MC Mary Kom has decided not to play in this year’s World Championship and Asian Games to give a chance to the youth. The six-time world champion Birmingham wants to focus on her preparations for the Commonwealth Games. The IBA Women’s World Boxing Championship will be played in Istanbul, Turkey from May 6 to 21. The 2022 Commonwealth Games will start from 28 July and the 2022 Asian Games from 10 September.
In a message to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), Mary Kom said, “I would not like to participate in these tournaments to give the younger generation a chance to make a name for themselves on the international stage and gain ‘exposure’ and experience in the bigger tournaments. I would like to focus my attention only on the preparations for the Commonwealth Games.” The selection trials for all the 12 categories for the World Championship will begin on Monday and end on Wednesday. The trials also include Asian Games weight categories, which are similar to the IBA.
BFI President Ajay Singh said in a statement, “Mary Kom has been the head of Indian boxing for the past two decades and has inspired countless boxers and sportspersons across the world. We fully respect her decision and give opportunities to other boxers.” That is the proof of his champion personality.” The men’s selection trials for the Asian Games will be held in May while the Commonwealth Games trials for men and women will be held in June.
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