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Mary Kom denied wild card entry to Rio Olympics
The Indian champion of women's boxing, Mary Kom has been denied a ticket for Rio Olympics 2016. Mary Kom, who is a five-time world champion was denied the ticket because the International Olympic Committee refused to give her a wild card entry.

The reason that the Indian Olympic Association and the ad-hoc committee administering boxing in Indian had officially sent a request for a wild card entry for Kom was that she had failed to make the cut via qualifiers. She had lost in the second round of the world championships last month.

"Mary Kom denied wild card entry into Rio Olympics by International Olympic Committee," reported ANI quoting Kishan Narsi, Chairman of AIBA ad-hoc committee.

"It is the decision made by the International Olympic Committee that nations which have not had more than eight boxers in the last two games will be granted the card. India had eight boxers in London itself with seven men and Mary Kom among the pugilists qualifying," said Narsi.

Speaking to PTI, Mary Kom said, "I have been duly informed that I won't be getting a wild card for the Olympics. It is heartbreaking but it is something which I had no control on. I have to accept this decision but I am not quitting the sport right now. I will continue to compete till I am feeling fit and for the time being I think I am fit. The ad-hoc committee has had a word with AIBA President Dr Ching Kuo Wu. It was always going to be tough to get a wild card."

Kom was looking forward to making a final performance this year at the Rio Olympics before calling it quits, but for now, she seems to have changed her mind.

"I am aware that retirement is something that would be talked about a lot but for the time being I have dropped the idea. Of course I would be spending more time at my academy training young kids but I will continue to devote as much time to my training as well," Mary Kom added.

The ad-hoc committee, headed by Narsi, had also written to AIBA, seeking what is officially called a Tripartite Commission Invitation Place. There is only one such place on offer in the 51kg category, in which Mary Kom competes.

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