After winning the South Asian Games gold recently, five-time World boxing Champion and 2012 Olympics bronze medallist Mary Kom has her eyes set on boarding the flight to Rio in August this year and is targeting the Olympics qualifiers, which will be hosted by China in March, to earn the ticket.
But to qualify for the quadrennial event, the pugilist will have to go through a difficult qualification process, which involves winning the Zonal Olympic qualifiers before participating in the Asia/Oceania Olympic qualification tournament in China in March. The 2012 Olympics bronze medallist is likely to face Pinki Jangra in the Zonal Olympic Qualifiers, but Mary Kom is confident of defeating whosoever that stands in her way to earn the ticket to Rio.
The five-time world champion also lashed out at the current state of boxing in India after the International Boxing Association (AIBA) derecognized the Boxing India last year. An ad-hoc committee governs the sport in India now, and Mary Kom believes that the lack of tournaments and opportunity in the junior section will curtail the chances of the youngsters in years to come.