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Tokyo Olympics: Mary Kom asked to change ring dress a minute before bout

In a tweet Mary Kom said she was surprised the organisers asked her to change her jersey "just a minute" before her quarterfinals bout

July 30, 2021 / 09:49 AM IST
The match outcome was a shocking upset and was likely the 38-year-old legend’s last Olympic appearance - File image of Mary Kom (Picture: Reuters)

The match outcome was a shocking upset and was likely the 38-year-old legend’s last Olympic appearance - File image of Mary Kom (Picture: Reuters)


Indian boxing heavyweight MC Mary Kom on July 30 said she was asked to change her ring dress “just a minute before my pre quarter bout”, adding, “Can anyone explain?”

Mary Kom was defeated 3-2 in her flyweight (51 kg) pre-quarterfinal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 by Columbian Ingrit Valencia at the Kokugikan Arena on July 29. .

In a tweet early on July 30, the Women’s World Boxing Champion and London Olympics Bronze winner wrote: “Surprising.. can anyone explain what will be a ring dress. I was ask to change my ring dress just a minute before my pre qtr bout can anyone explain." (sic)

She also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Office, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, the Olympics and Olympics media accounts in her tweet.

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ANI reported that Kom’s original jersey said ‘Mary Kom’. Organisers said only first name was allowed to be there, and she was asked to change to a blank jersey.

Earlier, speaking to reporters on the day of the match, Kom said she thought she had won after clinching two rounds of the match. "I thought I have won but after some time I saw Kiren Rijiju's tweet, I was shocked and upset at the same time (to know that I have lost the match)," she told reporters, ANI said.

She also slammed the International Olympic Committee's Boxing Task Force for "poor judging", telling PTI, “I don't know and understand this decision, what's wrong with the Task Force? What's wrong with the IOC?”

The Task Force is conducting the boxing competition in Tokyo after the International Boxing Association (AIBA) was suspended by the IOC for alleged mis-governance and financial wrongdoing.

The match outcome was a shocking upset and was likely the 38-year-old legend’s last Olympic appearance. Kom is a six-time world champion and holds a bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics. She is also a recipient of the Arjuna Award, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, and the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan.
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first published: Jul 30, 2021 09:49 am
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