Mary Kom has spoken out about her contentious ouster from the 51kg Women’s Boxing event. India’s experienced boxer MC Mary Kom’s hopes of winning a second Olympic medal were dashed as she was knocked out of the Tokyo Olympics in the round of 16 of the women’s 51kg division. Mary Kom faced Colombian Ingrit Valencia on Thursday, but the Indian boxer was defeated by a score of 3-2.
I stated, “My coach informed me that you had lost 4-1 shortly after the first round ended. Then I was startled because I didn’t get any blows to my face or body, so how come she got four and I only got one? We won the second round by a score of 3-2, and the third round by a score of 3-2. What I mean is that the first round did not go in my favour; instead, it went to her (Ingrit Valencia).”
The last time the two met, the Indian boxer won a unanimous decision in the 2019 World Championships quarter-final match against the Colombian boxer. MC Mary Kom, on the other hand, accused the judges of ‘cheating’ and making a ‘biassed decision’ that favoured her opponent in an exclusive interview with Republic Media Network. This comes after it was revealed that she assumed she’d won the fight but afterwards discovered she hadn’t.
Mary Kom said, “I am sorry I couldn’t come back with a medal that is a very sad part. And I am happy that everyone is praying for me and everyone is wishing all the time on social networking sites. Their love and support are always in my heart and I will try my best to fulfill your dreams.”
“I am happy and glad for your all love and support. Let’s keep praying for not only me but also for those who are going to perform in the upcoming days. We want to feel that proud feeling of being an Indian again,” added the six-time world champion.
“This Olympics is worse, I might say,” Mary Kom remarked as she shared her learnings and experiences from the Tokyo Olympics. I can describe my previous London 2012 experience. Yes, I understand that owing to the epidemic, proper organisation was impossible, but even the other facilities were inadequate. Even the boxing ring was in poor condition.