Teary-eyed Mary Kom alleges regional bias in selection
Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom on Thursday broke down and accused the Indian selectors of regional bias during boxing selection and trails.
“Sometimes I feel very upset. Some of the referees and judges do not favour <g data-gr-id="22">me</g> but I don’t mind. Okay I am from <g data-gr-id="21">north-east</g>, no problem, but I am still an Indian,” Mary Kom told reporters here.
The 32-year-old boxer alleged that Haryana’s Pinky Jangra, who competes in the same weight category as her, is being repeatedly favoured by the selectors despite being beaten by the five-time world champion from Manipur.
“There are so many controversies. Pinky Jangra, I always defeat her and prove it to get a gold medal in every <g data-gr-id="29">competition</g> but they (boxing selectors) continue to support her,” she said.
Mary Kom, however, insisted she had taken it in her stride.
“It is still okay. I will prove myself in the ring,” she said. The London Olympics medallist was dropped from the Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and <g data-gr-id="27" style="color: #3b3b3b; font-size: 11px;">Jangra</g> was chosen in her place. Pinky had beaten Mary in the trail of <g data-gr-id="24" style="color: #3b3b3b; font-size: 11px;">51kg</g> category before the Commonwealth <g data-gr-id="25" style="color: #3b3b3b; font-size: 11px;">Games</g> but the Manipuri boxer claimed it was poorly judged.