The 32-year-old Indian Olympic bronze medalist had worked hard on her reflexes for the tournament and the efforts were there as it was seen when she easily defeated Sweden’s Juliana Soderstrom in the opening bout of the AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championship. The Asian Games gold-medalist, was not only looking forward to win a medal at this championship but also bag the Rio Olympic Ticket.
The prestigious event consisted of the final qualifying tournament for women boxers in the three Olympic categories of 51kg, 60kg, and 75kg which had 12 Rio tickets to offer, which meant pugilists had to make it to the semi-finals of the three chosen divisions to book their berthfor the Rio Olympics 2016 but unfortunately MC Mary Kom couldn’t punch across it.
India’s most decorated women’s boxer MC Mary Kom will not be competing at the Rio Olympics after the five-time former World Champion made a second round exit from the ongoing World Championships in Astana.
Mary Kom who was competing in the 51kg category lost her pre-quarter-final bout to Azize Nimami of Germany in a hard-fought match, ending all hopes of repeating her Bronze medal winnings performance from the London Olympics. Since the Manipuri Boxer couldn’t get to the slot needed for the Rio Olympics, she’ll be making an exit today.
India’s hope for Women’s boxing is still alive for its representation at the Rio Olympics with hopes and expectations riding on Sarita Devi and Pooja Rani who are still in a contention for a spot in Rio at the ongoing tournament.