Rio Olympics 2016: Boxing Federation To Seek Wildcard Entry for MC Mary Kom

Updated: 01 June 2016 13:27 IST

In a last-ditch attempt, the boxing federation of India is likely to appeal for a wildcard entry for MC Mary Kom to take part in the Rio Olympics 2016

Rio Olympics 2016: Boxing Federation To Seek Wildcard Entry for MC Mary Kom
Mary Kom was the first Indian woman to win a boxing medal when she clinched bronze in the London 2012 Games. © AFP

MC Mary Kom, India's best-known woman boxer, may still make it to the Rio Olympics 2016. The former world champion could ride a wildcard ticket to the Summer Games in August.

The Indian boxing federation is likely to appeal for a wildcard for Mary Kom, who failed to make the Rio cut after losing in the world boxing championships that served as a qualifying event.

Mary Kom was the first Indian woman to win a boxing medal when she clinched bronze in the London 2012 Games. The Indian federation is going to appeal to the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) to enable Mary Kom to participate "for her contribution to the sport".

In Astana last month, Mary Kom lost a close bout in the second round of the 51 kilogram category to Germany's Azize Nimani. The 33-year-old former five-time world champion only has a mathematical chance of qualifying for Rio.

(With inputs from Suprita Das)

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Highlights
  • Rio Games: Boxing federation of India to seek wildcard entry for Mary Kom
  • Mary Kom won bronze in the 2012 London Olympics
  • Mary Kom failed to qualify for Rio after losing in world championships
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