World Champion MC Mary Kom resigns from National Observer position


Five Times world champion Indian Women boxer Mary Kom resigned from National observer after the sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore made it clear that she is an active sportsperson, thus, will not be considered for the position.The 35-year-old Olympic bronze-medallist was among 12 national observers appointed by the then Sports Minister Vijay Goel in March.

In the statement, Boxing Champion Mary Kom said she resigned as National Observer ten days ago after speaking with Mr Rathore. Mary Kom who won her fifth Asian Championships gold medal last month said she had requested to accept the position. She said she enquire about the rule of not having active sportsperson as the observer with Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas.

 “I resigned as national observer 10 days ago after having a word with Mr. Rathore. I had been requested to take up the position, it was not something I had asked for,” Mary Kom, who claimed her fifth Asian Championships gold medal last month, said on Friday.
“I had inquired about the rule on not having active athletes as observers with the then Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas when it was offered to me,” she explained, reacting to insinuation that her appointment smacked of conflict of interest given that she is still an active national camper.
“But at that time, I was told that I should nonetheless accept the position. I did so on insistence of the Ministry and I don’t want unnecessary controversies about something that I had not asked for.”

Mary Kom said she had no complaints and happy to let it go. As she was never interested in this but accepted the position because she was requested to do so. The decorated boxer is also a Rajya Sabha MP and is in contention for the Commonwealth and Asian Games next year.

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