India’s ace boxer, London 2012 Olympics bronze medallist and six-time world champion Mary Kom said that the upcoming Tokyo Olympics will be her final appearance at the Olympics.
On Wednesday, while talking to Olympic Channel, Mary Kom said,
Tokyo will be my last Olympics. Age matters here. I am 38 now, going on 39. Four (three) more years is a long time. Pretty sure, I won’t be allowed to even if I am willing to carry on till Paris 2024. It means a lot for me to be an Olympian. I have been boxing for 20 years. I have participated in many international tournaments. I have been the world champion. But I had to wait my turn to take part in the Olympics as women’s boxing wasn’t in the Games until 2012. Finally, it happened, and I am glad it did. I think the value of my career as a boxer would have diminished if I didn’t compete in the Olympics.
The age limit for boxers is set at 40 and Mary Kom who is 38 at the moment, will miss the bus due to qualification criteria.
Mary Kom has been boxing for the last 20 years and 38 years old got her first shot at an Olympic medal at the London Olympics in 2012. In 2012, women’s boxing was introduced in the Olympics and Mary Kom managed to get a bronze medal for India.
Mary Kom failed to qualify for Rio Olympics in 2016. Mary Kom sealed her spot at Tokyo Olympics by beating a younger challenger in a trial in 2019.
Mary Kom has been an inspiration for Indian boxers and India hopes a medal from the legend for one last time.