In a significant development, veteran Indian boxer MC Mary Kom withdrew herself midway through her Commonwealth Games 48kg trial after sustaining a leg injury. The six-time world champion injured herself in the first round of the 48kg semi-finals and had took a walk-over to Haryana’s Nitu to the final of the CWG trials at the Indira Gandhi International Stadium.
Reportedly, Mary Kom fell in the first round of the bout but kept going despite struggling with massive pain in her left leg. Finally, she quit after failing to keep her balance as she clutched her left leg. The 39-year-old legendary boxer was carried out of the ring with the referee as Nitu was announced the winner by Referee Stops the Contest (RSCI).
Mary Kom has been reportedly taken to the hospital where she is undergoing treatment. Earlier, Kom missed out on her participation in the World Championship and Asian Games, a miss to concentrate on the CWG, which is scheduled to be held in Birmingham next month.
Commenting on her injury, Mary Kom’s coach Chhote Lal said that she was in too much pain but still tried to continue the fight but just could not bear the pain.
“She has gone for scans. She was doing very well in training and was completely fit. There was no sign of any injury,” he said.
Adding further, Lal also confessed that he is highly disappointed with the sudden turn of events claiming Mary Kom was aiming for a gold medal in CWG.
Earlier, the 39-year-old had a teary exit from the Tokyo Olympics as she lost to Ingrid Valencia in a closely fought second-round battle. But due to loud music, Mary Kom could not hear the referee’s final verdict and started celebrating. However, she was eventually informed that she lost the game.
Mary Kom will not be able to compete at the Paris Olympics as she will be over 40 and was seeking to finish her career on a high note with a medal at one of the highly-anticipated competitions this year. Also, the Asian Games have now been postponed and are likely to happen next year. It will be interesting to see if Mary Kom who is widely known for making superb comebacks will do it once again or not.