Mary Kom and Nikhat Zareen’s cat fight gets Abhinav Bindra on the move

Mary Kom reacts to the uproar surrounding Nikhat Zareen’s appeal for a trial by saying that boxing is not her business. Before the Indian squad for next year’s Olympic qualifiers is selected, Zareen has requested a trial bout against Mary Kom to determine the 51kg category boxer. I am not afraid to face Nikhat Zareen,” boxer MC Mary Kom said in response to the uproar surrounding the Olympic qualifier trials.

Abhinav Bindra was also chastised by the boxer for supporting Zareen’s appeal for a hearing. Following her recent bronze medal success at the World Championships in Russia, the Indian Boxing Federation announced that six-time world champion Mary Kom will be selected for the event in China. “The decision has been taken by BFI. I can’t change the rule. I can just perform. Whatever they decide, I will go with that. I’m not scared to face her, I am fine with the trials,” said Mary Kom. “I have defeated her many times since SAF Games but she keeps challenging me. I mean, what is the point? It is just a formality. BFI also knows who can win a medal at Olympics,” she added.

Abhinav Bindra backed Zareen on this, which irritated Mary Kom, who is also an Olympic bronze medalist.

“Bindra is an Olympic gold medalist but I too have multiple golds at World Championships. This is not his business, to involve in boxing, to interfere. I don’t talk about shooting, so it is better for him to stay quiet on boxing. He doesn’t know the exact rules of boxing,” Mary Kom said.

Bindra and Zareen are both involved with the JSW organization in various ways. People were envious of her (Mary), according to the veteran fighter.


In the women’s competition, the BFI said that only the gold and silver medalists from the World Championships in Russia will be chosen straight for the Olympic qualifiers. However, the BFI decided to hold a meeting of the selection committee to examine Zareen’s request. According to Mary Kom, the selection process should have included gender quality.

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