Mary Kom, who won gold at previous Asian games, has withdrawn from this year’s Asian Games at Jakarta to prepare for the World Championship later this year. Women team coach, Raffaele Bergamasco, believes it would not be in her best interest to go up from 48kg to 51kg category at this stage.
The chief coach of the women’s team, Raffaele Bergamasco, believed that it would be a tough stride for Mary Kom, who competes in the 48kg category, to move up to
“We believe that it will be difficult for Mary to compete in the 51kg category (there are only three categories in Asian Games boxing — 51kg, 57kg
Mary Kom won bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Back then, she was competing in
Currently, Kom is training at the Olympic Performance Training Centre in Assisi, Italy with other women pugilists from India who are preparing for the Asian Games. In the past one year, Kom has won gold in Asian Championships and Commonwealth Games and now has her eye on the sixth World title.
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