India's two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has made strong allegations that legendary boxer MC Mary Kom was a victim of 'cheating and conspiracy' saying, "an intentional wrong decision was given by the referees against her" in the 51 kg semi-final of the World Boxing Championship today.
"Its a clear cut cheating against her and a conspiracy against India. I have seen the video. The whole world has seen it. You can see more punches. You can also see more clear punches hit by her," Sushil Kumar told Republic TV in an exclusive interview from Delhi's Chhatrashal Stadium today.
"It has become a norm these days. The marginal points always go against India and in this case it it was a one sided show. Mary Kom had dominated the bout. Its a clear cut conspiracy to prevent her from getting a 7th World title," Sushil added.
Recalling earlier instances, Sushil said in the wrestling and boxing these things keep on happening against India and must stop. "We have seen it earlier as well. It happened with top wrestlers and boxers in the past. I appeal to the World bodies to review this decision and earlier decisions."
Mary Kom still became the most decorated and successful boxer (men/women) in the history of World Championship when she lost the semi-finals and clinched the bronze, though the result was anything but controversial. In a split verdict, Mary lost 1-4 to Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey in the semi-finals to clinch the bronze. Despite landing in more and clean punches, the judges differed in their opinion and finally, 1:4 decision was given in favour of her Turkish opponent. Mary Kom still made an appointment with the history and rewrote it by clinching 8th World Championship medal. The Manipuri legend had targeted an unprecedented eighth final gold overall.
India had raised a Yellow Card but as per AIBA's instruction in a Team meeting this morning; it was informed that protests will be granted only if scores read 3:2/3:1. Our appeal to protest was hence turned down and the Yellow Card was not accepted by the technical committee. The result will stand the same; Mary Kom ends her campaign in the 2019 edition with a Bronze medal.