A wildcard entry for Mary Kom into 2016 Rio Olympics?

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Golden glove Mary Kom at a training camp near Bhopal
Mary Kom at a training camp.
Photo: Garima Jain

The Boxing Federation of India will try to get a wild card entry for five-time world champion Mary Kom to enter into Rio Olympics 2016, announced BFI interim president Kishen Narsi on June 1.

The ad hoc body stated that it will send a letter to Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) as a last-ditch effort to get a berth for the Indian boxer in the Olympics.

Mary Kom surprised one and all by losing to Azize Nimani from Germany 2-0 in the second round of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships on 21 May, being held in Astana (Kazakhstan).

Basically, the wildcards are  Tripartite Commission Invitation Places, which are made available to all the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participating in the Olympics. Only one wildcard is available per division in the three Olympic categories of women’s boxing of 51kg, 60kg and 75kg.

The decision is taken only at the end of all the Olympic qualifying events in a particular sport.