Mary Kom likely to retire after Tokyo Olympics
New Delhi: Six-time world champion Mary Kom is likely to retire after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, News agency ANI reported on Thursday.
“Maybe after 2020, I want to retire. But, my main mission is to really win gold for the nation. From the beginning till now, I have been fighting. Maybe nobody can fight this long. There are so many youngsters who have come up and performed well. I hope, very soon we get another Mary Kom. That is what I wish and pray,” the 36-year-old boxer told ANI.
“I have completed 16-17 years (in the ring). For a long period, I have been fighting, making my country proud. It is my commitment. I always want to give a medal to the nation, especially gold. When India’s flag goes up, it is an emotional moment for me. I can’t control and tears come out. But, sometimes I too lack as I am not an iron woman. Being a human being I try my best,” the world number one boxer added.
Mary Kom, popularly known as Magnificent Mary, shifted to 51-kg weight category from 48-kg as the latter category is no longer a part of the Olympics. She won the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in the flyweight 51 kg category.
In 2014, Mary won her first Gold Medal at the Asian Games held in South Korea in the flyweight 51 kg summit clash.
In 2018, she created history by becoming the first woman to win 6 World Championships, achieving this feat at the 10th AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships held in New Delhi.