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Last Updated: Friday, February 12, 2010, 21:34
Mumbai: Four-time world boxing champion M C Mary Kom is likely to get a new coach, with Irishman Peter Taylor being the front runner.

The Olympic Gold Quest, which supports Mary Kom, is in talks with Taylor and another Russian to coach the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee.

"We are in talks with Taylor as well as a Russian coach who had won three gold medals with the Italian team during the Beijing Olympics," OGQ COO Viren Rasquinha told reporters.

Meanwhile, Mary Kom has also expressed desire to train with Taylor.

"I want to train with Peter Taylor. Earlier, I had discussions with him. I want to work with him to improve my techniques, speed and power," she said.

Mary Kom said the desire to win an Olympic gold medal was keeping her with the game.

"I have already won the World Championship four times. Any other time I could have hung up my boots. But the reason why I am still in the sport is because I want to win an Olympic gold medal," the Manipur boxer said.

"All I need to do is maintain my fitness and I know I can do well in the Olympics," she said.


New Delhi: In the light of Home Minister P Chidambaram's statement welcoming the proposal of allowing return of Indians from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, BJP on Friday said this was "downright legitimisation" of infiltration and asked who would stand guarantee for their conduct here.

"We condemn the statement of Home Minister of India P Chidambaram welcoming the proposal of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah that return of Indian youth in PoK should be facilitated. It is nothing but downright legitimisation of infiltration," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

BJP maintained that these young Indians are those who went to PoK for arms and terrorist training and once they are back in the country they would be "at the beck and call" of their Pakistani handlers.

"Who will stand guarantee for these young men who will come from PoK. BJP is disturbed by this proposal. We are opposed to any scheme which will increase infiltration," Prasad said.

The main opposition also tried to drive a wedge between Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad - who has opposed this proposal - and his cabinet colleagues who differs with him.

"Was this issue discussed with Azad, who is a former J&K Chief Minister and has taken a public stand against the idea which is fraught with great risk," Prasad sought to know.

"We see Azad's statement as a great silver lining," he added.

Chidambaram and Defence Minister A K Antony have conceded in the "last 10-15 days" that there has been an increase in infiltration which was being encouraged by the handlers from across the border, BJP alleged.

Questioning the timing of the PoK proposal and the unilateral decision on starting talks with Pakistan, BJP said that the latter had come on a day when terrorist organisations were holding an open discussion in PoK along with some Pakistani authorities on launching Jehad and "made a clarion call for ceding Jammu and Kashmir" from India.

Warning that the government should not "sacrifice India's interest", Prasad alleged, "This is a case of openly playing with the security of the country... ad hoc decisions are being taken without applying any foresight."

He wondered if these decisions were being taken under international pressure.

"There is a meeting of minds between Pakistan and these terrorists on such issues," Prasad said.


First Published: Friday, February 12, 2010, 21:34

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