After boxer Nikhat Zareen wrote a letter to Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju demanding a fair trial for Tokyo Olympics 2020, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has made a decision to call a selection committee meeting next week to discuss Zareen's plea.
Kom could only manage bronze at the Women's World Boxing Championships in Ulan-Ude in Russian Federation, prompting Zareen to write to Indian Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to complain about the selection of the London 2012 Olympic silver medallist.
He doesn't know the exact rules of boxing."The selection committee, prior to the Worlds, had chose to exempt gold and silver medallists from the trials but upon their return, BFI president Ajay Singh stirred up a hornet's nest by suggesting Mary be exempted as she clinched bronze". Do her fellow players support her, we ask. Better than yesterday. Better than tomorrows man /woman.
In an outburst not befitting her stature, the 36-year-old also lashed out at fellow Olympic medal victor, Abhinav Bindra for attempting to defuse the situation amicably by suggesting both boxers go in for a trial. According to rules, players who have won the gold and silver medals in World Championships can be sent directly to the Olympic qualifying tourney by the federation. But, the BFI intends to send her to the qualifiers on the back of her Worlds bronze.
"And Mary Kom is too big a legend in sport to need to hide from the competition and not actually defend her Olympic qualification".
This is not the first time Zareen is being deprived of a chance to qualify for an global event. She can not lobby to get a place in the Indian team. Mary Kom expressed her displeasure against Bindra and said he should mind his own business. I have defeated her many times since SAF Games but she keeps challenging me. Mary Kom and two other Indian boxers Jamuna Boro and Lovlina Borgohain took home bronze medals in their respective categories. "He doesn't know the exact rules of boxing", Mary Kom told news agency PTI.
"I think this time International Olympic Committee will organise the qualification tournament and not AIBA". The second category also does not guarantee that Zareen will be one of the four boxers in the selection criteria, since the National Championships for 2019 will only be conducted in December this year.
The letter also comes in the wake of the fact that Zareen was denied trials in the last minute in May this year, at the India open for the Women's World Boxing Championships.