Mary Kom: Commonwealth Games is her priority


MC Mary Kom.
MC Mary Kom.

Five-time world champion Mary Kom insisted that 2018 Commonwealth Games is her priority right now and that she will investigate every possibility to win a prize in the competition.

When interviewed about her preparation for the prestigious tournament, the London Olympics bronze-medallist said that the training sessions have been going really well and that the national coaches are helping her a lot.

“My arrangement is going great. All the national coaches are helping me. I think my preparation is really good. Commonwealth Games is my need and I will investigate every possibility.”

She, however, added that now the format has changed a lot and so many categories have emerged.

When discussing 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the 34-year-old said overseas boxers are smarter and faster and, therefore, they also need to act smart.

Mary also welcomed the appointment of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore as the Sports Minister, saying that the Olympic silver-medallist is the right person for the role and that he would surely do everything possible to guide Indian sports to greater heights.

To which she added, “I was so happy when he joined politics. We wanted him as a sports minister but they (government) were not giving him the role. Now, he has come and I believe he will do everything that is needed. The right person is there (sports minister).”

Earlier, Rajyavardhan had announced that 152 Indian athletes preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games, and 2018 Asian Games will get a pocket allowance of Rupees. 50, 000 per month.

In a major cabinet reshuffle that took place earlier this month, Rathore replaced Vijay Goel, who has been made the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs.