Mary Kom could fight in Rio

GS Sandhu, the chief boxing coach of the Indian team has stated that Indian women boxing’s poster girl MC Mary Kom has enough talent and fitness to keep on fighting till the next Olympic Games, scheduled for Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and will be the biggest hope of the country for a Gold medal in the sport.

Mary Kom came out of nowhere in last summer’s Olympic Games in London where women’s boxing was included for the first time to win the Bronze medal, India’s first individual women’s medal from the Olympic Games to send the country into raptures.

And Sandhu, who was present at a sports seminar in the Indian city of Jamshedpur, stated that the temperament as well as confidence level that the 29 year old boxer from the North East of India is extremely impressive and it will hold her in good stead for the future. However, he did mention that the mother of two will have to work very hard in the interim years to keep up her good form as well as maintain her fitness, so that it remains at an optimum level ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio.

Mary Kom has been a world champion on five separate occasions and although she lost in her semi final bout to the eventual winner of the event, she came back home amid huge fanfare and has become a household name from being a relative nobody ahead of the summer extravaganza.

And Sandhu also believes that having been a world champion on so many occasions, Mary Kom will know the importance of maintaining her shape and will know how to go about maintaining her fitness and record, which will become a key deciding factor in her earning a ticket to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.