Mary Kom was clear winner but judges have own calculations': Kiren Rijiju
Mary Kom's pursuit of a second Olympic medal ended in the pre-quarterfinals in Tokyo as she went down to Ingrit Valencia of Colombia.
India's boxing legend MC Mary Kom's Tokyo Olympics 2020 campaign ended in controversial circumstances on Thursday as several experts, including Kom herself, were unhappy with the way the judges calculated the score. The 38-year old Indian who lost 3-2 to Colombia's Ingrit Valencia, thereby ending the country's hopes of winning a medal in the women's flyweight (51 kg) boxing event, actually thought she'd won. One of the people who slammed the result was Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, who until recently was the Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs.
Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said boxer M C Mary Kom was the clear winner in Thursday's pre-quarterfinals in the Tokyo Olympics but judges have their own calculations.
Mary Kom was clear winner: Kiren Rijiju
Six-time world champion Mary Kom's pursuit of a second Olympic medal ended in the pre-quarterfinals in Tokyo as she went down to the 2016 edition's bronze-medallist, Ingrit Valencia of Colombia, in a fiercely-fought showdown.
Take a look at his Tweet!
"Dear Mary Kom, you lost in Tokyo Olympics by just one point but for me you are always a champion! You have achieved what no other female boxer in the world has ever achieved. You are a legend. India is proud of you. Boxing and Olympics will miss you," the former sports minister said in a tweet.
He said for all Indians, Mary Kom "was the clear winner but judges have their own calculations".
Mary Kom may have suffered a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Ingrit Valencia but that did not stop her from looking forward to more fights. Speaking after her defeat, Kom said, "I'm still here. I'm still strong enough. If you have it here, it's still there."
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