Mary ‘Kom’ nahin kisi se

Mary Kom won 9-1 in finals of the ongoing Women’s Boxing Olympic trails
Zareen had demanded a ‘fair chance’ to contest Tokyo Olympic qualifiers

New Delhi: Mary Kom defeated Nikhat Zareen on Saturday in the finals of the ongoing Women’s Boxing Olympic trails in the 51-kg weight category here at the Indira Gandhi Stadium. The six-time world champion defeated Zareen 9-1 in the much-talked-about bout. In the 51kg category, Kom defeated her opponent Ritu Grewal in a unanimous decision while Zareen too outclassed her opponent Jyoti in a unanimous decision. The trials for the women boxers are underway and will conclude today while the men’s trials will take place from December 29 to 30. Earlier, Zareen had demanded a ‘fair chance’ to contest the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers. On October 17, Zareen had written to the Sports Ministry challenging the Boxing Federation of India’s (BFI) decision to accommodate world champion Kom by changing its rule of exempting gold and silver medallists from the World Cup.

Don’t like people with such nature

After Mary Kom emerged victorious, she refused to shake hands with her younger opponent, saying, “she should first respect others.” “Why should I shake hands with her? If she wants others to respect her then she should first respect others.

Mary used foul language

Nikhat said that after the win, Mary allegedly used ‘foul language’. “I did not like how she behaved with me. When the decision was announced, I tried to hug her but she did not hug me back. I felt hurt but that’s ok. I don’t mind. “In the ring she used some bad words for me. I don’t want to react on that right now,” Nikhat said.

Can’t judge Mary Kom by this

Boxing Federation of India’s president Ajay Singh said Mary Kom cannot be judged just because her emotion got the better of her after a match. We all need to be proud of her, you cannot say that she acted this way, so she is not great,” he added.