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‘How long can one fear COVID-19?’: Mary Kom ahead of first competition in a year

The worry of the coronavirus has made means for a fierce want to compete in star Indian boxer M C Mary Kom’s thoughts as she gears up for her first match in a yr subsequent week, having recovered from the muscle loss triggered by a latest bout of dengue.

The 37-year-old six-time world champion principally skilled at dwelling in 2020 and joined the nationwide camp in Bengaluru for a fortnight final month after recovering from dengue.

Subsequent week on the Boxam Worldwide match in Spain, she’s going to step into the ring for the primary time since making the minimize for Tokyo Olympics on the Asian Qualifiers in Jordan final yr.

“I used to be scared (of travelling) and I’ll nonetheless be very cautious and anxious however then how lengthy are you able to go on fearing? The cycle has to cease sooner or later,” she instructed PTI in an interview as she regarded forward to the Olympic yr.

“One simply needs to be smart to keep away from the virus and I’m attempting my finest to be that, carrying masks, sustaining private hygiene like at all times. However being petrified of it, like I used to be for a very long time, maybe that ought to not occur,” she stated referring to her beforehand said reluctance to journey overseas for coaching amid the pandemic.

The match she shall be seen in subsequent, together with eight different Olympic-bound Indian boxers, shall be held in Castellon from March 1 to 7. The Indian group is anticipated to go away on the weekend.

“My physique feels good. Like everybody, I additionally had a tough 2020. The dengue (in December) wreaked havoc. I misplaced plenty of muscle due to it and my weight had shot up drastically. I used to be about 57-59 until final month,” she revealed.

“However all it took was 15 days of regimented coaching (in Bengaluru nationwide camp) and now I’m again to my traditional weight of 51-52, the muscle tissue are additionally in form. I believe I’m good to go, relaxation you’ll be able to ask my coaches for who is aware of, I could possibly be bragging,” she stated, breaking into laughter.

The coaching in Bengaluru’s Encourage Institute of Sports activities, with which the Boxing Federation of India has a tie-up, now consists of sparring, a necessary facet which was barred due to the strict COVID-19 protocol earlier in place.

“That has been an enormous aid. It’s executed in teams and everyone seems to be examined, so the chance has been majorly taken care of,” the Manipuri mom of 4 stated.

She would possibly now not worry the virus that put the world into disarray final yr however the Worldwide Olympic Committee’s latest determination to cancel boxing’s world qualifiers due to the challenges posed by the pandemic do underline the persevering with issues.

Mary Kom, who’s an athlete ambassador of the IOC job power which is dealing with boxing’s qualification course of and the primary occasion for the Video games, stated it was a choice based mostly on sensible points regardless of the numerous disappointments it’s sure to trigger.

“All of us need issues to return to regular however on the similar time, there are challenges too and this determination is a results of that. Even when I had opposed, it wouldn’t have made any distinction.

“All I can say is that those that certified when the competitions had been on, they acquired fortunate.”
Talking in regards to the Video games in July-August, Mary Kom stated she is aware of the expectations from her and is prepared for the problem too despite the fact that she can be up in opposition to a lot youthful competitors.

“You already know, once I joined the camp in Bengaluru, I used to be nonetheless the quickest amongst all. So, no matter occurred to all that speak about being quicker than me, higher than me.

“I do know it received’t be straightforward in Tokyo and it has by no means been straightforward for me. So what’s new there? I might once more say what I at all times say when I’m requested about expectations. I’ll give my finest, the consequence, nonetheless, is just not in my palms,” she stated.

“I’m in a joyful area in my life. I intend to maintain it that means.”
And what about after Tokyo?

“Let’s give attention to Tokyo first. As soon as that’s executed, we are going to speak about what occurs after that,” she signed off.

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