Recovering from surgery
“After the Olympics, I had a baby. Recently, I underwent an operation (gallbladder stone). I am recovering and I want to continue boxing. The Commonwealth Games are being held next year, so I will train hard and try to qualify for that.
I hope I can carry on till the 2016 Rio Olympics,” London Olympics bronze-winner Mary Kom said during a media interaction at the Mumbai Press Club yesterday.
The five-time world champion said she was upset with AIBA’s (International Amateur Boxing Association) decision to suspend the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF). “I was very upset when I heard about the news.
I hope this issue is resolved because it will affect the youngsters. I have proved myself, but what about the future of these young boxers? ” asked Mary.
Crime against women
Speaking of rising crime against women in India, the 30-year-old Manipuri recalled a personal experience as an 18-year-old. “Once, I was travelling by rickshaw alone. I was wearing a traditional Manipuri dress and going to church.
The people sitting in the rickshaw started harassing me and the area was deserted. I had just started learning boxing so I got down and began hitting these guys. Soon a couple of football coaches, who were passing by, also joined me in thrashing them.
But if I didn’t know boxing, I don’t know what would have happened. I urge young girls to train in martial arts for their own safety,” said the champion pugilist.