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MC Mary Kom denies reports that she sought Shiva Thapa’s removal from TOP scheme

Reacting to a report that she had sought boxer Shiva Thapa’s removal from the TOP scheme, MC Mary Kom issued a statement to deny having made any such remark at the meeting which took place on Friday

other sports Updated: Jul 23, 2017 15:50 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
PTI, New Delhi
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MC Mary Kom has denied reports that she has asked for Shiva Thapa’s removal from the TOP scheme.(PTI)

Olympic bronze-medallist and five-time world champion M C Mary Kom today denied reports that she had sought top men’s boxer Shiva Thapa’s ouster from the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme during a meeting of the national observers here.

Reacting to a report that she had sought Thapa’s removal from the TOP scheme, Mary Kom issued a statement to deny having made any such remark at the meeting which took place on Friday.

“The article states that I have termed Shiva Thapa’s career as over and he would do nothing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This is completely fabricated and it borders on being defamatory,” Mary Kom said in her statement.

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“Let me put this on record, I have never said anything like Shiva’s career being over and he should be dropped from the TOP scheme,” she added.

“Playing with the reputation of a hardworking boxer using falsehood is not acceptable to me.”

The 23-year-old Thapa is currently preparing for the World Championships, where he won a bronze medal in 2015, at a training trip in France. He recently won a silver medal at the Asian Championships in Tashkent.

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Mary Kom also denied saying that former Commonwealth Games Manoj Kumar was past his prime. The 30-year-old Manoj has also qualified for the World Championships to held from September 25 in Hamburg.

“I would categorically like to state that I have never used the term “overage” for Manoj Kumar as has been stated by the unnamed source quoted,” she stated.

“...this kind of stories without proper verification of facts is tantamount to playing with my reputation,” she added.

Mary Kom is one of the two national observers appointed by the Sports Ministry for boxing, other being former CWG gold medallist Akhil Kumar.

First Published: Jul 23, 2017 15:50 IST