Olympic bronze-medallist MC Mary Kom has become the first Indian to be picked as the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) representative for the IOC Athletes' Forum, scheduled to be hosted in November. The 33-year-old will attend the 8th IOC Athletes' Forum in Lausanne from November 11 to 13.
"This bi-annual forum brings together athlete representatives from across the Olympic Movement and provides an in-person community where athletes can exchange and discuss their viewpoints," the AIBA wrote in its invitation letter to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) President Ajay Singh.
"In this respect, we would like to designate Ms Mary Kom to attend the forum as AIBA representative," the letter stated.
However, the problem with Mary Kom’s participation is that the event overlaps with the Asian Championship in Vietnam, which is scheduled from November 2 to 12. So, if Mary Kom gets selected to play in the tournament, her participation at the IOC event would become uncertain.
Five-time World Champion Mary Kom is one of the most decorated athletes in Indian sports and was conferred the AIBA Legends award at an annual gala of the world body last year. The Manipuri girl, who competes in the light flyweight (48kg) and flyweight (51kg) divisions, was also christened 'Magnificent Mary' by AIBA after her fourth world title back in 2008.
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