It came to shocking and disheartening news, with veteran Indian boxer MC Mary Kom’s bid to compete at the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games came to an end facing a knee injury during the selection trials. She had to quit the trials midway due to unprecedented injury.
It was at the opening round of the 48 kg semifinals against Haryana’s Nitu where the six-time world champion twisted her left knee in the first few minutes of the round that took place at the Indira Gandhi International Stadium in New Delhi.
Mary Kom was unable to sustain the round, where she had to lose both the bout through RSCI (Referee Stop Contest – Injury). She was further taken to the hospital for further medical examination. National Coach Bharat Bhatt commented “It is really unfortunate what happened. But one can never predict such things. Mary had been training hard for this.”
Nitu her opponent the two-time former youth world champion eventually advanced to the CWG trials in the minimum weight division. She participated in the 48 kg at the world championship event and will mark her presence at the CWG event. Mary Kom also didn’t participate in the recently concluded World Championship and the Asian Games to concentrate on this important sporting event. With the knee injury, she will miss the upcoming CWG 2022 Boxing which is scheduled to be held in Birmingham next month.
Nitu will now compete against Manju Rani in the same category at the CWG spot. Nikhat Zareen (50 Kg) World Champion and Tokyo Bronze medallist Lovlina Borghain (70 Kg) have also qualified for the finals in their respective categories.
It is on Saturday, and the finals of all four Women’s boxing categories (48 Kg, 50 Kg, 60 kg, and 70 Kg) will take place.