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Mary Kom beats Nikhat Zareen in 51kg trials to represent India in Olympic Qualifiers

Sports News, Nation, (New Delhi), December 28:-MC Mary Kom defeated Nikhat Zareen in the summit clash of the 51 kg category at the ongoing women’s boxing trials for the Olympic qualifiers in New Delhi on Saturday. The six-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist got the better of her ‘challenger’ with a 9-1 split decision victory.

With the win, Mary Kom will now represent India at the Olympic qualifiers, which are scheduled to be held in China in February next year.

Both had won their respective first-round bouts on Friday with Nikhat beat current national champion Jyoti Gulia, Mary got the better of Ritu Grewal in their previous rounds.

Nikhat had after the Women’s Boxing World Championships in November demanded a trial to decide who between her and Mary Kom will go after it looked like the latter may travel to China for the Asia/Oceania Olympic qualifiers in February 2020 due to the Boxing Federation of India’s indecision over the selection policy. She had also demanded that the trials be telecast live which the BFI rejected stating that there is no precedence for it.

While Mary always stated that she would abide by whatever selection policy the BFI has, she had indicated an aversion to a trial, taking the example of other sports in which athletes don’t have to give trials. “Even in other games like badminton, who gives trial? Have you seen Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu appearing for trials? But in our case it is different,” she had said in August.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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