Nikhat had claimed a trial match against Mary Kom in the 51 kg weight category.
Olympic qualifiers to be played in China in February next year
Dainik BhaskarDec 27, 2019, 07:08 PM IST Sports Desk. Boxer MC Mary Kom and Nikhat Zarine will compete in the 51 kg weight category for the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers in New Delhi on Saturday. On Thursday, Mary Kom beat Ritu Grewal and Nikhat Zarin to beat Jyoti Gulia to reach the final of the two-day trial. Zarine had been demanding a trial match against Mary Kom, questioning the selection policy since October. At the same time, Marycom had said that she would follow the selection policy.
In another match, Sakshi Chaudhary, who won the gold medal in the World Youth Games, defeated Asian silver medalist Manisha Maun in the 57 kg weight category. At the same time, former National Champion Simranjit Kaur defeated Pavitra in the 60 kg weight category. The Olympic qualifiers will be played in China in February next year.
What is the dispute between Mary Kom-Zarin? 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 denied the trial, but it was the personal opinion of the chairman Ajay Singh that in view of the performance of the World Championship, the medal winners 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?