Losing in semis not failure: Rijiju to Mary Kom


NEW DELHI: Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, on Saturday lauded Mary Kom for winning a bronze medal in the ongoing women’s World Boxing Championships and said losing the semifinal with split points is not a failure.

“Dear Mary Kom, you have achieved what no other boxer has ever! You have won 8 World Boxing Championship medals which is a dream for every athlete. Losing Semi-finals with split points is no means a failure but won a medal for India again! The whole nation is proud of you @MangteC,” Rijiju tweeted.

Six-time world champion Mary Kom was knocked out of the tournament in Ulan-Ude, Russia, on Saturday after facing a defeat in the semi-finals of 51kg category. As a result, she settled for a bronze medal.

With this bronze, Mary Kom now has eight medals in the championships, making her the only athlete to have the tally in the history of the tournament.

Turkey’s European champion Busenaz Cakiroglu defeated the 36-year-old champion from India 4-1

Kom had tweeted after the match, asking the world to judge for themselves whether she deserved to lose the match or not.

“How and why. Let the world know how much right and wrong the decision is. @KirenRijiju @PMOIndia,” Kom tweeted.

After the match, a BFI official said that India has waved a yellow card to appeal against how the Indian pugilist was scored in the match.

“We have appealed, the yellow card has been given. But we have to wait for confirmation,” a BFI official said.
However, the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) technical committee rejected India’s appeal regarding.
As per AIBA’s instructions, protests are allowed only if the scoreline reads either 3-2 or 3-1. Hence, the yellow card was not accepted by the technical committee.
She had entered the semis after defeating Rio Olympics bronze medalist Ingrit Valencia 5-0 in the quarterfinal.


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