The 5-time World Amateur Boxing Champion Mary Kom broke down during a fund-raising event in Mumbai and accused the Indian boxing selectors of regional bias in the selection of the players for the World events.
The 32-year old boxer has accused the national selectors of picking Haryana’s Pinki Jangra over her despite the Olympic bronze medalist defeating her on many occasions.
She said, “Sometimes I feel very upset. Some of the referees and judges do not favour me, but I don’t mind. Okay, I am from the North-East, but I am still an Indian,” as The Hindu reports.
“I always defeat her”: Mary
The 25-year old Pinki also fights in the same 51-kg weight category and recently won the bout against Mary in the selection trial for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. However, the Manipur-based boxer claimed that the fight was ‘ill-judged’ by the referees and was keen on making a complaint against the decision. As a result, Mary was dropped from the Indian contingent taking part in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
She added, “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.”
The Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri and Arjuna Award winner Mary insisted that she will continue to her best in the ring and will prove to her critics that she is a better medal aspirant than Haryana’s Pinki.
She concluded, “It is still okay. I will prove myself in the ring.”
Earlier in 2009, Haryana boxer Pinki garnered attention when she upset the then four-time world champion boxer Mary at the National Championships.
Mary has clinched a lot of medals in her boxing career with her highest achievement coming at the 2012 London Olympics where the Manipur-based boxer clinched a bronze place finish. She even clinched Gold at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea as well as a silver place finish at the 2010 Asian Games.Published 24 Sep 2015, 20:58 IST