Boxing legend MC Mary Kom has slammed the IOC Boxing Task Force for “poor judging”, after her loss in the pre-quarterfinal bout at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.
“I don’t know and understand this decision, what’s wrong with the Task Force? What’s wrong with the IOC?” Mary Kom said in an interview to news agency PTI.
“I was happy inside the ring, when I came out, I was happy because in my mind I knew I had won. When they took me for doping, I was still happy. Only when I saw the social media and my coach, it sunk in that I have lost,” she said.
“I should have got the second round unanimously, how was it 3-2? What happened was totally unpredictable,” she reasoned.
Legendary boxer from Manipur, MC Mary Kom on Thursday lost to Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia 2-3 in the round of 16 of the 51 kg boxing event at Tokyo Olympics 2020.
It was Ingrit’s first win in 3 attempts against the Indian boxer.
According to a match report, Mary Kom did not have the best of starts to the match on Thursday as Ingrit went on the offensive from the word go.
The 32-year-old boxer from Colombia used her experience to push 38-year-old Mary Kom on the back foot early, taking the first round 4-1.
Winning the final round, Colombian boxer Ingrit was able to defeat Mary Kom 3-2.
Despite her defeat, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh while recognising Mary Kom’s efforts in the ring said she gave the toughest fight against her opponent.
The Manipur CM said that Mary Kom will “always be a winner”. The whole country is proud of her, he said.