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Mary Kom resigns as the National Observer for Indian boxing
Posted on: 02-12-2017 , 10:51:AM | DY365 Bureau

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December 02, 2017: Ace Indian boxer and five-time World Champion MC Mary Kom has resigned as the National Observer for Indian boxing.


As per reports, Mary Kom took the decision after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore made it clear that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position. As stated by Mary Kom on Friday, “I resigned as National Observer 10 days ago after having a word with Mr. Rathore. I had been requested to take up the position; it was not something I had asked for.”
"I had inquired about the rule on not having active athletes as observers with the then Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas when it was offered to me," she explained, reacting to insinuation that her appointment smacked of conflict of interest given that she is still an active national camper.
"But at that time, I was told that I should nonetheless accept the position. I did so on insistence of the Ministry and I don't want unnecessary controversies about something that I had not asked for."
The 35-year-old Olympic bronze-medallist was among 12 national observers appointed by the then Sports Minister Vijay Goel in March.
The list also includes the likes of Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra, double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Akhil Kumar among others.
Of these, Sushil and Mary Kom are still active in their respective sports. 
Mary Kom had recently added another achievement to her already illustrious career as she clinched the Asian Women's Boxing Championship.

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