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Mary Kom upset over accommodation at Boxing Nationals

Last Updated: Saturday, October 3, 2009 - 18:38

Jamshedpur: Four-time world champion women
boxer MC Mary Kom is miffed at the poor accommodation
facilities provided by the organisers of the ongoing 10th
Senior Women`s National Boxing championship at J R D Tata
sports complex here.

"It is really upsetting. I am really shocked at the
treatment particularly when I was recently been honoured with
country`s highest sports award Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna," the
27-year-old pugilist from Manipur told agency here today.

Mary Kom sounded bitter when asked if she had lodged any
written complaint with the organisers.

"Why should I? They (organisers) should rather understand
and make arrangements accordingly," she said.

Despite winning laurels for the country at international
level consistently, I am being treated on par with juniors,
Mary Kom, representing All India Police Board (AIPB) at the
Nationals, quipped.

Mary Kom and other medal winning international pugilists
were accommodated in the residential wing of the J R D Tata
Sports Complex alongwith with all other boxers and officials
participating in the Championships.

She, however, said the issue would not hamper her
performance in the Championships.

When asked to comment about Mary Kom`s outburst, the
organisers said the arrangements for accommodation were made
in consultation with the officials of the Indian Boxing
Federation as well as the team managers.

"We are ready with better accommodation if the officials
of IBF and respective team managers wish so," captain Amitabh,
head of the Tats Steel (sports) said.

"We strictly followed the guidelines of the IBF and team
officials, who wanted the entire team and officials to be put
under a single roof," he said.

Rakesh Thakran, co-ordinator of Indian Boxing Federation,
said as per IBF norm, all players should be given equal
treatment whether she was a player of international repute or
a newcomer.

"We cannot break our protocol and provide special
treatment to a player irrespective of her achievement," he
said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, October 3, 2009 - 18:38
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