Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Recently, some reports were published in some sections of media about the retirement of six-time World Champion and 2012 Olympic medallist MC Mary Kom.

The reports suggested Mary Kom’s retirement based on the IBA regulations, limiting the boxers’ participation at the highest level to the age of 40.

However, Mary Kom clarified that she has not yet announced her retirement from boxing.

“Dear Friends from media, I have not announced retirement yet, and I have been misquoted. I will personally come in front of media whenever I want to announce it,” said Mary Kom in a recent statement.

“I still have the hunger of achieving in sports but age limit in Olympics doesn’t allow me to participate, though I can carry on with my sport. I am still focusing on my fitness, and whenever I announce retirement, I will inform everyone,” she added.

Expressing his desire to compete in international boxing, Mary Kom, who is 41, lamented the imposed age restriction.

“I have the hunger still, but unfortunately, because of the age limit, it is over. I cannot compete in any competition. I want to play more, but I am being forced to quit due to the age limit. I have to retire. I have achieved everything in my life,” she said.