Nikhat had claimed a trial match against Mary Kom in the 51 kg weight category.
Lovlina Borgohen will have to be tried in the 69 kg weight category
Dainik BhaskarNov 09, 2019, 11:37 AM IST Sports Desk. Boxer MC Mary Kom and Nikhat Zarine are expected to face a trial in the 51 kg weight category for the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers in December. According to media reports, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) on Friday agreed to hold a trial match. The decision has been conveyed to BFI President Ajay Singh through the staff in his office. Information about this will be sent to both the players soon. Lovlina Borgohain will have to be tried in the 69 kg weight category.
The meeting on Thursday was decided at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) headquarters on the trial. It included Director General Sandeep Pradhan, an official of the Ministry of Sports, two foreign coaches, Rafael Bergamasco and Santiago Niiva, along with BFI and Sai officials.
Mary Kom won a bronze medal at the World Championship this year. Mary Kom won a bronze medal at the World Championship this year. Based on this, there was talk of sending them to the Olympic qualifiers. However, according to the rules, only the boxer who wins a gold or silver medal at the World Championship gets direct entry into the Olympic qualifiers. Everyone else has to play a trial match. Qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics will be played in Wuhan, China from 3 to 14 February.
Nikhat Zarine wrote a letter to the Sports Minister for the trial. It was made clear in the meeting that Mary Kom never refused for the trial, but it was the personal opinion of the chairman Ajay Singh that the medal winners would be in view of the performance of the World Championship. Not to be sent for trial. It was only after this statement by Ajay Singh that Nikhat Zarine wrote a letter to Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju for a trial. He had said, "I have been inspired by Mary Kom since childhood. The best way to do justice with this motivation may be to try to be a great boxer like him. Is Mary Kom such a big personality that she needs to be kept away from the competition?