Tokyo will be my Olympic swansong, says veteran Indian boxer Kom

(Reuters) – Indian fighter Mary Kom has stated the Tokyo Games will be her last look at the Olympics however she takes solace from the truth that her bronze medal in 2012 has actually motivated girls in the nation to use up the sport.

Six-times world champ Kom, 38, has actually been boxing for twenty years however needed to wait on the London Games in 2012 for a chance at an Olympic medal when ladies were permitted to contend for the very first time.

“Tokyo will be my last Olympics, age matters here. I’m 38 now, going on 39,” Kom informed the Olympic Channel.

“Four (three) more years is a long time. Pretty sure I won’t be allowed to even if I’m willing to carry on till Paris 2024.

The age limit for boxers is set at 40 but was extended to 41 for the Tokyo Games which were pushed back by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kom, who failed to make the cut for the Rio Games in 2016, won the opportunity to qualify for Tokyo 2020 after beating a younger challenger in a trial in 2019.

“Olympics is big. For any sportsperson, getting involved and winning a medal at the Games is a dream, it alters lives,” she added.

“Ending Up Being an Olympian and winning the bronze altered my life too. It likewise motivated lots of ladies to use up sport, particularly boxing.

“I feel proud. I want more girls to come out and fight. I hope there are no restrictions on them to come out and fight for themselves and their country.”

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Modifying by Christian Radnedge)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.