A disappointed Mary Kom apologised to the nation for failing to gain a spot in the upcoming Rio Olympics, says a report in The Hindu.
“The people of India have given me tremendous support, so it is very unfortunate that I will not be able to compete at Rio. I am so sorry. I am not retired yet. Until the last breath leaves my body, I will not stop boxing,” Mary, who is here to inaugurate the Phoenix Market City ‘Ultimate Boxing Championship 2016’, said on Saturday.
The 33-year-old’s hopes of qualifying for the mega-event came a cropper a few days ago, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided not to award her a tripartite commission place.
Meanwhile, according to a report in The Indian Express, MC Mary Kom on Saturday rued that the sport is as good as “dead in India” because there has been no competition happening with national association in a limbo. “Boxing in India is almost dead. There are no major competitions held for the past two years in India. I miss tears welling up in my eyes when I see the Indian flag going up after I had won a medal in an international event,” Mary Kom said at inauguration of Ultimate Boxing Championship organised by Phoenix Market City.