Ace Manipuri boxer Mary Kom has her sights set on a historic sixth World Championship crown and is training “smartly” to achieve it.
She pulled out of the Asian Games due to a shoulder injury but is expected to be back in action at the World Championships to be held in Delhi.
“One thing I am certain of that if I don’t get any injury and give 100 per cent in my training then I definitely I can say that I am going to win the World Championship If something in between happens then I can’t say. But I am healing well,” she told reporters here.
“I am training smartly for the World Championship. Six-seven years ago we would train for two-three hours but now it is not required. We are able to do everything in an hour of training. Staying fit is very important for a comeback so I would say one should be clever with the training,” she added.
Talking about the performance of the young generation of women boxers, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist said it was ‘unfortunate’ that the girls were not able to win medals at Gold Coast.
“The girls are training well, working hard. I want them to p . perform well at the Asian Games and get medals. The federation is taking initiative to see what is better for the boxers,” Mary said, reports TOI.
Asked about her comeback and what keeps her motivated, the diminutive Manipuri said, “Winning for my country keeps me going . I don’t ask myself if I can (perform) I ask why can’t I?”