Mary Kom beats Nikhat Zareen by 9-1, books spot for 2020 Olympic qualifiers
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Indian boxer Mary Kom on Saturday defeated Nikhat Zareen in the 51kg category at the boxing trials at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi and booked her spot in the Olympic qualifiers next year.
Kom, who is six time world champion, defeated Zareen 9-1 in the much-talked-about bout. After the match, Kom refused to shake hands with Zareen saying that she "don't like people with such nature".
"Why should I shake hands with her? If she want others to respect her then she should first respect others. I don't like people with such nature.Just prove your point inside the ring,not outside," she said.
Earlier on Friday, Kom had defeated Ritu Grewal in a unanimous decision while Zareen too outclassed her opponent Jyoti in a unanimous decision. The trials for the women boxers are underway and will conclude on Saturday while the men's trials will take place from December 29 to 30.
On October 17, Zareen had written a letter to the Sports Ministry demanding a 'fair chance' to contest the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers. She had challenged the Boxing Federation of India's (BFI) decision to accommodate world champion Kom by changing its rule of exempting gold and silver medallists from the World Cup.
Kom had won a bronze in the 51kg semi-final at the Women's World Boxing Championships in Ulan-Ude in Russia losing out to Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey on October 12 this year.
In other results, two-time world silver-medallist Sonia Lather (57kg) was upstaged by a swift-moving Sakshi Chaudhary. Lather, also an Asian medallist, couldn't cope with Chaudhury's relentless attack.
In the 60kg category, former world champion L Sarita Devi lost to national champion Simranjit Kaur. It was once again a battle of pace as Kaur outwitted Sarita with her precise hitting and quick reflexes.
(With PTI inputs)
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