Five-time world champion M.C. Mary Kom said on Tuesday that she's hoping to win India an Olympic medal when women's boxing is introduced at the London games this summer.
The 29-year-old Kom, who has two children, says she is in her best form and has a good chance of winning a medal at the 2012 Olympics. Kom says that qualifying for the London Games at the World Championship at Qinhuangdao in China later this month will bring her closer to realizing her "biggest dream."
Kom has competed in the 46-kilogram and 48-kilogram events in the past. At the Olympics, she will be participating in the 51-kilogram event, which will be one of three women's categories at the London games.
"I'm at my best right now and the Olympics are my biggest dream," Kom told reporters before leaving for China. "If I win a medal there, it will set me free as far as my future is concerned. I might continue or might decide to go (retire)."
Despite her resolve to win India a medal at the London games, Kom said she does not want to raise her nation's expectations for the Olympics that run from July 27 to August 12.
"It is important for me to win an Olympic medal, but it is not everything," Kom said. "I've nothing left to prove and don't want to take too much pressure on myself," she said, adding that she expects a tough competition in at the worlds in China and at the Olympics.
"I have to take each of my opponents very seriously, concentrate hard and remain confident," Kom said. Her teammates, L. Sarita Devi (60 kilograms) and Pooja Rani (75 kilograms) are the other Olympic hopefuls, competing in Quinhuangdao for a slot at the Olympics.
Although only two Indian female boxers will compete in London, their coach, Anoop Kumar, said all three women have a chance of qualifying for the Olympics.
"Luck may play a role, but these girls are at par with others and I am sure they will do well," Kumar said.
India's best chance for an Olympic medal at the London games is boxing. Seven male boxers have already qualified for the Olympic competition.
India had won its first ever Olympic medal in boxing at the Beijing games when Vijender Singh won a bronze in the 75-kilogram category.