Indian boxer MC 'magnificent' Mary has no plans to retire; instead wants to fight till 2020
Celebrated woman boxer M C Mary Kom on Wednesday said she has no plans to hang up her gloves and wants to continue till 2020 Tokyo Games in a bid to fulfil her dream of winning an Olympic gold.
"I am not yet done. I will carry on till 2020. I am fit, training hard and confident. I will try my best to bring glory for the country," said Mary when asked whether she is eyeing her sixth world title at the AIBA Women's World Championships to be held at the IG Stadium here from November 15 to 24.
Magnificent Mary, as she is fondly called, has five World Championships titles under her belt besides numerous other crowns, including Asian Games gold and bronze in London Olympics.
Mother of three doting kids, Mary still remains hungry for more and wants to give the last shot at gold in 2020 Tokyo.
The 35-year-old from Manipur will compete in her pet 48kg category at the World Championships here. But with the 48kg weight category not a part of women's boxing in the Olympics, Mary said she will shift to 51kg.
"My first priority would be to qualify for the Olympics and I will give my best shot. For Olympics maybe I will have to shift to the 51kg category as 48kg is not there," she said on the sidelines of the logo and official anthem launch of the World Championships.
It also means Mary will get a shot at another World Championships, which despite being a biennial event, will be played next year in Trabzon, Turkey as no big events are held in an Olympic year.
Mary was happy that women boxing has finally got its recognition worldwide.
"It was very difficult when I started in 2001. Women boxing was an unknown entity for most but after 5-6 years of toil, people started to know women boxers. I am happy that women boxing has finally got recognition and gender equality," said Mary, who is also a Rajya Sabha MP from BJP.
Mary, who has been named as the brand ambassador for the upcoming World Championships, will lead a strong 10-member Indian contingent at the event here.
Besides Mary, other members of the squad are Pinky Jangra (51kg), Manisha Maun (54kg), Sonia (57kg), L Sarita Devi (60kg), Simranjit Kaur (64kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Sweety Boora (75kg), Bhagyabati Kachari (81kg) and Seema Poonia (+81kg).
(With inputs from agencies.)
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