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Mary Kom feels cheated over postponement of trials

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 6:45am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

  • Boxer Mary Kom with Virender Sehwag in New Delhi on Tuesday PTI

Champion boxer MC Mary Kom is feeling cheated by the ad-hoc committee of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for postponing the Asian Games trials without even bothering to inform her.

"This is very unprofessional. I felt cheated for no fault of mine," the five-time world champion said on Tuesday. The committee, which is managing boxing in India, cited the request of Commonwealth Games medal winners as excuse for the trials postponement. "This is merely an excuse as no CWG boxers I know have told the committee about this," said Mary Kom, adding, "I've been preparing hard for the Asian Games trials. I feel cheated because no one even bothered to call me to inform about this postponement. I reached Patiala for the trials along with my family and that's when I came to know of the postponement."

The most decorated woman pugilist of India had to miss the CWG in Glasgow as she was beaten by her much junior counterpart, Pinky Jangra, during the course of the trials in May. "I reached Patiala with my husband (K Onler Kom) and was sitting outside the trials venue when someone told me about the postponement. Imagine, if this could happen to a five-time world champion and India's first female Olympic medal winner in boxing, then think about other youngsters who are planning to take up boxing as a profession," she said.

"I'm mentally disturbed and still feel the stress. But I just want to move on and that's why I'm trying to focus more on my training. I need to be ready for trials all the time. Let the right time come and I will answer all those who are conspiring against me," she added.

"I'm a mother of three children and still can take up anyone's challenge. But this is not the time to say anything. Let the time come and I will answer my critics inside the boxing ring," she promised.

The only thing which brings a smile to her face is her biopic. "I'm excited about the movie's release. Priyanka Chopra has really done wonders in the movie. Hope it makes boxing even more popular and inspires people," she said. The movie will be released on September 5.

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