Indian boxing icon Mary Kom has decided to give the high-profile Asian Games in Indonesia a miss to concentrate on her medal prospects at the World Championship later this year.
The 35-year old has mastered her trade in the 48-kg category and would have had to move to the 51-kg category to compete in the Asian Games. Only 51, 57 and 60 kg categories athletes compete in the Asian Games.
The head coach of Women’s boxing contingent team, Raffaele Bergamasco said in an interview with Times of India, “We believe that it will be difficult for Mary to compete in the 51kg category (there are only three categories in Asian Games boxing — 51kg, 57kg and 60kg). The competition in 51kg is quite tough with good boxers from Kazakhstan, Mongolia and South Korea. We feel that it won’t be in her best interests to go up from 48kg to 51kg at this stage. It’s important for her to remain fit and keep up her good performances in her weight category.”
Mary Kom is currently in Assisi, Italy with the rest of the women’s contingent, preparing herself for the challenges which lie ahead.