Mary Kom comments on lack of international competitions, sparring partners

The Indian contingent couldn't get ample practice time as the Boxing Federation of India had to close the national women's boxing camp in New Delhi due to rising COVID-19 cases

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Mary Kom
Mary Kom

Six-time World Champion MC Mary Kom is currently preparing for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games 2021. However, recently, she rued the lack of quality international competitions and sparring partners due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 2012 London Olympics bronze-medalist is competing at the Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai at the moment. The 38-year old has already won five editions of this tournament and is looking positive to winning another one.

In a recent interaction with the International Boxing Association (AIBA), Mary Kom mentioned that she had competed in the Box Tournament in Spain two months ago. 

“There are not many international competitions. Therefore, I decided to attend the Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai. I competed in the Box Tournament in Spain two months ago and since then I have been training at home in India,” the 38 years old Indian boxer told AIBA, the world governing body of the sport.

The veteran boxer has qualified for the 51 kg category for the Tokyo Olympics. However, Mary Kom reckoned that the ongoing pandemic has hit her preparations hard. 

“Many of my sparring partners have tested positive. If you win, you don’t have to overestimate the success; just continue your hard work. I am not overconfident, and am looking forward to the final against the well-known Kazakh boxer [Nazym Kyzaibay at the Asian Championships],” said Mary Kom.

‘Got just one good week to train for the Asian meet’

Mary Kom wins her semi final bout of Asian Boxing Championship
Mary Kom wins her semi final bout

The national team’s coach stated that the Indian boxers had got just a solitary week to prepare for the Asian Boxing Championships. The Boxing Federation of India had to close the national women’s boxing camp in the national capital following a spike in COVID-19 cases.

However, the Manipur-born overcame all odds and is set to face Kazakhstan’s Nazym Kyzaibay in the final after winning a tough semi-final contest against Mongolia’s Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg.

“The training was disrupted as the boxers had to spend a week in quarantine before stepping out for training as per Covid-19 protocols of the Army. So we just got one good week to train for the Asian meet,” said a national coach of the Indian team. 

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