With almost tears in her eyes, eight-time World championship medalist, MC Mary Kom came down heavily on her challenger Nikhat Zareen, saying "who was she to tweet or demand trials like that."
"Who is she? I am really shocked by all this. I have won eight World Championship medals, including six gold. Let the Boxing Federation of India decide whom they want. How can she cry like this? She cannot lobby to get a place in the Indian team. This is not done," Mary Kom told Republic TV on the sidelines of Sports Ministry event to felicitate all the women boxers who won medals at the World Championship last week.
When asked to react on the 2008 Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra tweeting in favour of Nikhat Zareen, she said she had immense respect for the champion shooter but its better if he stayed in his sports only. "I agree that Abhinav Bindra is a great shooter. But my message to him will be to stay within his sports only and not interfere in other sports. I know exactly what is the link. Its the JSW link. They have now got together to conspire against me," she alleged.
2012 Olympic medalist said she had asked Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to intervene but he has already said he cannot do anything about it as its an internal matter of the federation. "So let the BFI take a call. Why create pressure on them? Does it make any sense to conspire against Mary Kom?" she asked. When asked whether she was ready to fight against Nikhat, if BFI decides to hold the trials, Mary Kom said: "How many times I need to defeat these players? When I am able to beat the best in World Championship, do I still need to beat the rookies? But if BFI decides that why not?" Nikhat Zareen on Thursday wrote a letter to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju asking the body to give her a "fair" chance to contest the qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. She also said that rules were bent to give Mary Kom a direct entry into the global games.