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MC Mary Kom ‘determined’ to evaluate herself at Asian Boxing Championship forward of Tokyo 2020-Sports activities Information , Glad Easterday

Mary Kom (51kg) has collected one silver and a staggering 5 gold medals from her seven appearances on the continental showpiece.

File picture of Mary Kom. Reuters

It is a event that she has dominated for years however the Asian Boxing Championship this time is greater than only a medal-winning alternative for MC Mary Kom, who’s “determined for competitors” earlier than the Olympics after coaching in India was thrown haywire by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mary Kom (51kg) has collected one silver and a staggering 5 gold medals from her seven appearances on the continental showpiece.

The six-time world champion cannot wait to land in Dubai for the upcoming version, which begins on 24 Might as a result of all she desires proper now could be a “good slugfest”.

“I’ve been so desperate to compete, there has hardly been any coaching due to the pandemic and I would like this desperately to evaluate myself earlier than the Olympics,” the 38-year-old Manipuri instructed PTI from Pune, the place she has been coaching for the previous few days.

She needed to transfer to Pune, together with a few different Olympic-bound girls boxers, after the nationwide camp in Delhi was compelled to close down due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the bubble created on the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium final month.

“It has not been straightforward. I used to be at dwelling after getting back from the event in Spain (in March). My kids weren’t properly, we needed to handle that and it comes with its personal set of anxieties. Then, the camp in Delhi was known as off due to COVID,” she mentioned.

“One thing or the opposite stored affecting the coaching schedule. So the Asian Championship is essential as a result of I get to compete and there’s nothing higher than an excellent competitors to assist preparations,” she added.

The few days of coaching that she has bought within the highly-rated Military Sports activities Institute at Pune have been helpful, in accordance with the legendary pugilist, who additionally bought her first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine there.

“I really feel assured about my physique. However as I all the time say, I’ll give my greatest, whether or not it will be sufficient to get a medal is one thing that solely time will inform,” mentioned Mary Kom, reiterating her long-held pre-tournament place on medal expectations.

“I’ve additionally bought the primary dose of vaccine, in order that’s additionally a bit reassuring,” she added.

The reassurance of being vaccinated was essential for Mary Kom as she has been vocal about her apprehensions of travelling overseas for coaching amid the pandemic.

Actually, the Asian Championship was to be initially held in India however was moved to Dubai after COVID-19 instances soared within the nation and worldwide journey restrictions got here into drive.

“Look, how shortly the world has modified and we plan and plan and plan. Kuch pata nahi chalta (you by no means know). It’s so essential to remain within the current,” mentioned Mary Kom, providing a philosophical tackle the uncertainty that has crept into day by day life amid the pandemic.

She will not have her private coach Chhote Lal Yadav to information her in Dubai as he has solely not too long ago recovered from COVID-19 and his identify couldn’t be included within the delegation for the occasion.

Yadav is assured that Mary Kom will adapt properly to the state of affairs.

“She is skilled, for her, coming good in difficult conditions is a routine matter. She will probably be fantastic,” he mentioned.

All 4 girls boxers certain for Tokyo Olympics — Mary Kom, Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) — will probably be in motion on the occasion together with six others.

From the boys’s Olympic-bound group, defending champion Amit Panghal (52kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Ashish Chaudhary (75kg) will battle it out alongside seven others at the same time as Manish Kaushik (63kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) proceed their restoration from COVID-19 .

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Updated: May 20, 2021 — 12:22 am

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