As six-time world champion MC Mary Kom prepares for the upcoming Olympics, she highlights the lack of sparring partners and quality competitions due to the pandemic.
“There aren’t many international competitions. So I decided to attend the Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai. I competed in the boxing tournament in Spain two months ago and have been training at home in India ever since,” the 38-year-old Indian boxer told AIBA, the world’s governing body. of sports.
Mary Com placed in the 51 kg category. The second wave of coronavirus has upset her preparations for the Olympics, she said.
“Many of my sparring partners turned out to be positive. If you win, you don’t have to overestimate the success; just keep working hard. I’m not too confident and I’m looking forward to the final against the well-known Kazakh boxer [Nazym Kyzaibay at the Asian Championships], “said Mary Com.
Mary Com has won five editions of the Asian Boxing Championships and is looking forward to winning another title.
The veteran boxer had a tough semi-final race against Mongolia’s Lucaihan Altantzeceg, but won a tough 4-1 split.
The camp was moved to the Pune Institute for Army Sports and resumed on May 6. Mary Com was the first to report, but her personal trainer Chhote Lal Yadav could not join the camp as he was giving a positive test for Covid-19. The boxing coach had to undergo a 15-day quarantine at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
“The training was interrupted because the boxers had to spend a week in quarantine before going to training according to the army’s Covid-19 protocols. So we just got a good week to train for an Asian match,” said the national coach. Indian team.