London Olympics bronze medallist boxer MC Mary Kom’s hopes for a comeback were shattered on Friday after she lost her bout in the selection trials for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The 31-year-old went down to Pinki Jangra (24) in the finals of the 51kg category at National Institute of Sports, Patiala. The five-time world champion was out of action for a year and a half owing to the birth of her third child.
“Winning and losing are part of the game. Today the result went in favour of Pinki. She is doing well and I hope India will win medals in Glasgow,” Mary Kom said on her way to Delhi after the trials, adding, “I’ll take a 10-day break and decide on the Asian Games.”
This is the first time in 13 years that Mary Kom has failed to make the cut for the national team. And this is the second time that Pinki has got the better of India’s most-decorated female pugilist. The Haryana boxer had defeated Mary Kom during the 2009 senior women’s national championship in Jamshedpur.
“I was training for the trials for the last one year and I am happy that I made the cut,” said Pinki. “Mary Kom is an ambassador of women’s boxing and I want to be like her,” she added.
“The results of the trials will be submitted to Sports Authority of India , after which the official list will be announced. All the winners will definitely go to Glasgow,” said Raj Kumar Sangwan, who is part of SAI’s three-member expert panel.