Citing the "horrible" decision against her in the semi-finals of World Boxing Championship when despite hitting "more & clean" punches she was "adjudged the loser", the legendary MC Mary Kom called for an immediate overhaul in world boxing saying its high time to revise its "opaque" rules & points system.
"I still can't believe it. Its like you hit a six and the umpire gives you out. The world saw. You saw. But the referee has all the power to hold & raise the loser's hands up for a decision. And this was a clear cut foul play and cheating. I think, time has come relook the boxing points system and the criteria of giving points very closely. Its just becoming whims and fancies of the judges. How can this be allowed for so long? If this can happen with recognized and top boxers then just think what's happening with the not so famous boxers?", the eight-time world championship medallists said.
"I dont know what's happening. The marginal points are always going against India and in this case it it was a one-sided show. I had comoletely dominated the bout. Its a clear cut conspiracy to prevent me from getting the 7th World title."
Earlier, India's two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has made strong allegations of "cheating and conspiracy" done against legendary boxer Marykom saying "intentional wrong decision was given by the referees against her. 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 & 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 rewritten it by clinching the 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.