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World Champion MC Mary Kom Quits As National Observer For Indian Boxing

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| December 1 , 2017 , 14:10 IST

Renowned for her contribution to Indian sports by representing the nation in International boxing and becoming the world champion fives times, Mary Kom shocked the entire country when she resigned as the Boxing National Observer.

However, the decision was not made on impulse but after having a thorough conversation with Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who has earlier made it clear that any active player cannot hold the position.

Mary Kom recently made her comeback in International boxing and claimed her fifth gold at the Asian Championships in Vietnam and is nowhere near giving up her career. Her well-thought decision proved that there will be many more memorable games to come from her side.

While talking to a leading news agency, she said, "I resigned as national observer 10 days ago after having a word with Mr Rathore. I had been requested to take up the position, it was not something I had asked for."

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Her appointment as the observer was in a conflict of interest for the rule as she is still an active sportsperson. Reacting to the implication, she added, "I had inquired about the rule of not having active athletes as observers with the then Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas when it was offered to me."

The 35-year-old boxer affirmed, "But at that time, I was told that I should nonetheless accept the position. I did so on insistence of the Ministry and I don’t want unnecessary controversies about something that I had not asked for."

Mary Kom was appointed as the National observer by the then Sports Minister Vijay Goel in March along with 11 others. Along with the boxer, Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar was also appointed to the position despite him being very much active in his sport.

The player is happy to resign from the position to concentrate to on her sport. Without regretting the development, Mary concluded, "I was never interested in this but accepted the position because I had been requested. I have my hands full with a lot of things. I am happy to let it go and have no complaints."