When will super mom Mary Kom retire? Biggest update on boxing queen’s career
Mary Kom wants to play for the next five years
Mary Kom said, ‘I don’t want to retire. I want to compete for the next five years but above the age of 40 we cannot compete, that is the rule. “My main target is the Asian Games, hopefully I will be fine by then. I will also have time to prepare. It is my dream to compete once this year before I retire.
The Asian Games, which were postponed last year, are to be held from September 23 to October 8 this year. London Olympics bronze medalist Mary Kom will have to go through a new selection process for selection in the prestigious event, which will require boxers to undergo an assessment test at the national camp. He said, ‘My recovery is going very well. Very soon I will be able to run and train. I am trying my level best. If I am able to compete, I will try to beat boxers for selection.
Mary Kom said, “But if I am not fit for the Asian Games, then I want to participate in some other international competition once.” The Asian Games is also a qualifying event for the 2024 Olympics and if Mary Kom wins, she will get a quota for the Paris Games where she would not be eligible to participate due to her age. “Maybe the IBA president will allow me to compete (at the Olympics),” he joked. Asked if she plans to turn professional after retirement, Mary Kom said she has not decided yet.
professional boxing is not easy
He said, ‘Professional boxing is also not easy. But the easy thing is that there are only two or so contests a year and the money is high. Amateurs and professionals are different. Mary Kom will not compete in the World Championships but will act as the brand ambassador of the event along with Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar. Mary Kom is hopeful that the Indian team can win three gold medals at home.
Mary Kom, who won gold during India’s hosting of the event in 2006 and 2018, said, “I think India will win at least three golds.” For the past several years our girls have been doing very well in international championships. This time we are hosting so why not. The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has announced huge prize money for the tournament which includes USD 100,000 for the gold medalist, USD 50,000 for the silver medalist and USD 25,000 for the bronze medalist.