Five-time women’s boxing world champion and Olympics bronze-medalist MC Mary Kom will not be competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics after her wildcard entry was denied.
The AIBA ad-hoc committee chairman, Kishen Narsi, confirmed the news on Thursday. The Indian Olympic Association and the ad-hoc committee administering boxing in the country had sent a request for a wildcard entry for the celebrated boxer, who could not make the cut via qualifiers.
Under IOC’s latest ruling, the tripartite places will be available only to countries that had less than eight participants in the last two Olympics — London 2012 and Beijing 2008. This includes boxers, coaches and support staff.
Mary Kom could not book an Olympic ticket after losing in the second round of the World Championships last month. Earlier, Narsi had written to AIBA, seeking what is officially called a Tripartite Commission Invitation Place.
Meanwhile, Indian boxers Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Vikas Krishan Yadav (75kg) registered comfortable victories in the quarter-finals of their respective weight categories to qualify for the upcoming Rio Olympics at the World Olympic Qualifiers on Thursday.
The duo thus joined Shiva Thapa (56kg) in the Indian boxing contingent for the Rio Olympics. Thapa had booked his Olympic berth at the Asia and Oceania qualifiers earlier this year.