Mary Kom eyes 2014 CWG return

Oct 01, 2013, 00:55 IST | Sundari Iyer

London Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom, who is currently on a sabbatical from the sport after recently giving birth to her son Prince, aims for make a comeback in next year's Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

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.

Mary Kom
Mum’s the word: India’s boxing champ MC Mary Kom with her son Prince and husband Onler at the Mumbai Press Club yesterday. Pic/ Pradeep Dhivar

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.

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