Five-time world champion Mary Kom has achieved a path-breaking distinction of becoming the only Indian ever to be picked as the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) representative for the 8th International Olympic Committee’s Forum.
The 34-year-old, who was conferred with the AIBA Legends award at the annual gala of the world body last year, will be attending the event set to be hosted in Lausanne from November 11th to 13th. Reportedly, the International Boxing Association sent an invitation letter to the Boxing Federation of India for her participation.
“This bi-annual forum brings together athlete representatives from across the Olympic Movement and provides an in-person community where athletes can exchange and discuss their viewpoint,” the AIBA wrote in its invitation letter to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) president Ajay Singh.
“In this respect, we would like to designate Ms. Mary Kom to attend the forum as AIBA representative,” the letter stated.
A scheduling hiccup can be a problem
The boxing legend, however, faced a slight scheduling issue as the event clashes with the Asian Championships in Vietnam. The tour begins November 2 and end on 12. Thus, making it difficult for her to attend the Lausanne affair.
The trails of the championship are yet to be taken but it Mary Kom is selected then she will have to quit either one of the events.
Eyes set on 2018 Commonwealth Games
Earlier, Mary Kom conceded in an interview that her immediate goal is to perform well in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She termed winning a medal in the mega event as her “priority”. The preparations are in full swing at the moment.
“My preparation is going very good. All the national coaches are helping me. I think my preparation is really good. Commonwealth Games is my priority and I will leave no stone unturned,” Mary told in an interview to ANI.