India at Tokyo Olympics: Mary Kom surprised, says ‘I was asked to change my ring dress a minute before bout’

Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Heartbreak for India & Marykom, Indian legend loses close bout despite putting up great fight
Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Heartbreak for India & Marykom, Indian legend loses close bout despite putting up great fight

India at Tokyo Olympics, Mary Kom surprised: In a controversial ending to the pre-quarterfinals bout, Mary Kom was visibly upset and in tears after her shock defeat to Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia in the women’s flyweight pre-quarterfinals. The Indian boxing veteran lost by split decision but was astonished by the result and suggested that the loss still hadn’t sunk in. Kom believes that she had edged the contest and even raised her arm up just before the announcement of the winner, only to see Valencia crowned as the winner, clearly hinting that referees were biased. However, she revealed today that she was asked to change her ring dress just a minute before her bout.

Indian boxing legend took it to Twitter to display her shock about the matter. This came after she said that decision was very unfortunate and slammed the International Olympic Committee’s Boxing Task Force for ‘poor judging’. The 38-year-old said, “I don’t know and understand this decision, what’s wrong with the Task Force? What’s wrong with the IOC?”

India at Tokyo Olympics: Mary Kom surprised, says ‘I was asked to change my ring dress a minute bout’

The jersey said ‘Mary Kom’ but the organizers said only the first name is to be there and she was given a blank jersey.

In the tweet, Mary Kom displays her astonishment and tags Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ex-sports minister Kiren Rijuju, current sports minister Anurag Thakur, International Olympics Committee, and the official page of Tokyo Olympics to ask what constitutes a ring dress.

India at Tokyo Olympics – Mary Kom Surprised: Mary Kom couldn’t believe that she had lost in her bout against Ingrit Valencia on Thursday. Speaking to Sportskeeda after the defeat, the Indian boxing legend labelled the event as “the worst Olympics”, especially with the coronavirus protocols. Kom said that she couldn’t believe she had lost, and added, “They clearly said they will not accept a single protest from the beginning. This was cleared before the bout. I think I  have won, but I don’t know who to protest to.”

India at Tokyo Olympics – Mary Kom Surprised: Mary Kom trailed 4-1 in the opening round with four of the five judges scoring it 10-9 in favour of Valencia. In the next two rounds, Mary Kom got three of the five judges to rule in her favour but the overall score-line was still in favour of Valencia. The 38-year-old needed a 4-1 verdict in the final round to swing the bout for her.

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