M C Mary Kom who is a five-time world champion in boxing has resigned from the position of National Observer for Indian Boxing. Soon after the Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh announced that no active sportspersons will be considered for the position of an observer. Mary Kom said that she took the decision to resign from the position of the observer after having a discussion with Mr. Rahore around 10 days ago.
Mary Kom, who received her fifth Asian Championships gold medal last month, said that she did not ask for the position, however, she was requested and convinced to take the position. During the time the designation was offered to her, she made an inquiry about the rule on not having active players as observers. She approached the then Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas to get a confirmation if any such rule existed or not.
At that point in time, the player was persuaded to accept the position. Hence since the Ministry insisted her to take the role, she accepted the offer. She made it very clear that she did not want any kind of controversy on this matter. She commented further for something that she had not asked for; how could she be blamed now for the same? The then Sports Minister Vijay Goel appointed the 35-year-old Olympic bronze-medalist and she was one among 12 national observers appointed by the Ministry. In the same list, there are names of leading athletes like Abhinav Bindra, Olympic-gold-medalist shooter, Sushil Kumar, double Olympic-medalist and Akhil Kumar, the former Commonwealth Games gold medalist. It has to be noted here that players like Sushil and Mary Kom are still active in their respective domains. However, Akhil does not belong to the national camp since he gave up amateur boxing.
Mary Kom said that she did not have any interest in becoming the observer, however, she was made to accept the position and she did it as per the request that came right from the Ministry. She said that she has lot many things to do and she has no complaints and has happily accepted the fact.