The six-time Boxing World Champion Mary Kom was defeated in a controversial split verdict on Thursday, during her flyweight (51kg) pre-quarterfinal bout against Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Valencia won the match 3-2.
Agitated with her shocking loss, the Indian Boxing legend on Friday took to Twitter to reveal she was asked to change her jersey just sixty seconds before her pre-quarters bout against Ingrit Valencia of Colombia.
“Surprising..can anyone explain what will be a ring dress. I was ask to change my ring dress just a minute before my pre qtr bout can anyone explain. @PMOIndia @ianuragthakur @KirenRijiju @iocmedia @Olympics,” Mary Kom tweeted on Friday.
Mary was reportedly asked to change her jersey right before the bout. The jersey said “Mary Kom” but the organisers said only the first name is to be there and she was given a blank jersey.
“I don’t know and understand this decision, what’s wrong with the Task Force? What’s wrong with the IOC?” Mary Kom told PTI after the losing her pre quarter-final bout to Ingrit Valencia.
“I was also a member of the Task Force. I was even giving them suggestions and supporting them in ensuring a clean competition. But what have they done with me?” she said.
Mary Kom had won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics and was aiming for her second medal.
“I was happy inside the ring, when I came out, I was happy because in my mind I knew I had won. When they took me for doping, I was still happy. Only when I saw the social media and my coach (Chhote Lal Yadav repeated it to me), it sunk in that I have lost,” she had said.