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India to seek Olympic wildcard for Mary Kom

sports Updated: Jun 02, 2016 09:41 IST

NEW DELHI: She couldn’t make the cut through qualifiers but star woman boxer MC Mary Kom’s Olympic dream is still not over as India has decided to seek a wildcard entry for her in the Games scheduled from August 5 this year.

Mary Kom (51 kg) had missed out on qualifying for the Olympics after bowing out in the second round of last month’s World Championships — the second and final qualifying tournament for women for the Games.

The 33-year-old was required to make at least the semifinals to be assured of an Olympic berth in the mega-event in Astana, Kazakhstan.

“She has been a phenomenal athlete and looking at her overall contribution to the sport, we have decided to request for a wildcard for her. However, her application will be among the many that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) will examine before taking a final decision,” chairman of the adhoc committee currently running boxing in India, Kishen Narsi, told PTI.

The five-time world champion and bronze-medallist at the London Olympics could not get an Olympic quota place in either of the two qualifying events and is keeping her fingers crossed for a wildcard.

First Published: Jun 02, 2016 09:41 IST