My dream now is Olympic gold: Kom
The 26-year-old pugilist has achieved a hat-trick in the fourth world women's boxing championships in New Delhi.Updated: Nov 24, 2006 13:40 IST
MC Mary Kom danced in the ring as a celebration of her hat-trick of world titles but she does not want to rest on this laurel as she wants to win an Olympic gold -- a dream she does not know if she will be able to realise ever.
Thepetite pugilist said although her happiness knew no bounds, she wanted to do India proud at Olympics which however does not have women's boxing among the disciplines.
"I am feeling as if I am in the seventh heaven. My husband is also very happy," said the champion Manipuri boxer, who was trying to escape reporters' never-ending queries by hiding nowhere but under the Indian flag.
"They (IOC) have refused to include women's boxing in 2008 Games and I do not know what would be the scene in 2012. But my only dream now is to fight in Olympics," she told PTI.
The new Amateur International Boxing Association President Ching Kuo Wu on his recent visit to India had assured that they would make a strong claim for including the discipline in the 2012 London Games.
"It needs seven years' process to include a discipline in the Olympics and I guarantee that it would be in the 2012 Olympics. Earlier, AIBA-IOC relations were also not good but they would definitely improve now," said the AIBA President.
The 26-year-old Mary Kom said she was tired and unable to plan anything about her future.
"I want to take some rest. But the boxing association in Manipur will not allow me that because I have become a sure medal prospect now," she said.
Asked if she was expecting any rewards, Mary Kom said "of course. If my government or my employers don't recognise it, I will not continue in the job".
First Published: Nov 24, 2006 12:05 IST