New Delhi: Olympic medallist boxer Mary Kom will not be participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics, confirmed the AIBA (All India Boxing Association) ad-hoc committee on Wednesday.
The AIBA had earlier decided to seek a wild card entry route for Mary Kom in the Olympics, raising hopes of chancing back into the ring for the pugilist. But Kishen Narsi, AIBA ad-hoc committee chairman, said that due to India having more than eight boxers who had qualified in the London Olympics, the International Olympic Committee ruled out any chances of India’s wild card entry into the game.
“It is the decision made by the International Olympic Committee that nations which has not had more than eight boxers in the last two games will be granted the card. India had eight boxers in London itself with seven men and Mary Kom among the pugilists qualifying,” said Narsi.
Mary Kom, a celebrated champion in Indian women’s boxing, had secured a bronze medal in the last London Olympics. However, she failed to directly qualify for the Rio Olympics when she went down to her opponent in the qualification round.