MC Mary Kom remained combative long after winning the trial for Olympic qualifiers on Saturday, slamming the controversy that preceded her showdown with Nikhat Zareen.
The 36-year-old six-time world champion prevailed 9-1 over the 23-year-old former junior world champion and at the end of it all, there was no customary handshake and the senior pro also rebuffed an attempted hug from her younger rival.
'I don’t like this, you drag my name into an unnecessary controversy and then you try to posture. Yes, I didn’t hug her, what’s the big deal? I did not start this, I never said I will not fight you in a trial then why did you drag my name,' Mary Kom told referring to Zareen’s open letter to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju specifically demanding a trial bout against the Manipuri legend.
Talking about not hugging Nikhat Zareen after defeating her in trials, six-time world boxing champion Mary Kom said, 'Yes, I didn’t hug her, what’s the big deal? I didn't start this.' Kom added, 'I am also a human being, I also get irritated. Can’t I get angry when my credentials got questioned like this? And this wasn’t the first time.'
'Perform and take my spot, who is stopping you? But don’t talk big without that. If you do that, I will hit back. Why was this made a media trial about me?' she fumed.