Mary Kom dropped for CWG

Mary Kom dropped for CWG

 In a stunning turn of events, five-time World Champion and Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom was on Friday left out of the three-member Indian women’s boxing squad for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3.

Mary Kom, who was on comeback trail after taking an almost two-year-long break due to the birth of her third child, lost to Pinki Jangra (51kg) in the finals of the three-day selection trials which concluded in Patiala. 

“It was a close bout and I wish Pinki all the best. I hope she brings India a medal,” said a disappointed Mary Kom. “This is the biggest breakthrough of my career. I respect Mary didi a lot, she has been an inspiration for us. I am very excited to get this opportunity and would look to make the most of it,” said Jangra. 

The 24-year-old Jangra is an Asian Championships silver-medallist and had first burst into the scene by beating Mary Kom at the 2009 National Championships.

An eight-member men’s team was also finalised but there were hardly any surprises in the line-up with former Olympic and World Championships bronze-medallist Vijender Singh getting the nod for his third CWG and he will compete in the 75 kg.