Mumbai: After clinching an elusive gold medal at the Asian Games in Incheon, star woman boxer M C Mary Kom is confident of getting back into the ring next year by recovering from her current injuries and qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
"Yes, that (qualifying for Rio Games) is my main aim. After I recover from my injury, I plan to compete in qualifying tournaments next year and make it to the Rio Olympics," the five-time world champion and 2012 London Olympic Games bronze medallist told reporters here on Thursday.
Mary explained that she hurt her back and hamstring while training.
"I came back (to the ring after a long gap of 18 months) before the Asian Games. I was coming back within a year after having my third child. I did a lot of hard work in training and I had an injury in my hamstring and on my back.
"Those are minor injuries and with proper treatment I will be fine and I hope to be in action soon next year and compete in major tournaments. Whenever I compete, people expect me to win and I try to do better every time."
The 31-year-old, who symbolises women's boxing in the country, did not see herself competing beyond the Rio Games. "After Rio it might be difficult (to continue). Maybe it could be my last tournament."
She wanted to stay clear of all controversies surrounding her fellow Manipuri boxer Sarita Devi who is facing the prospect of a lengthy ban from the world boxing body AIBA for refusing to accept the bronze she won in Incheon at the medal ceremony.
"I just want to say that I want her (likely) suspension (if it happens) to be lifted as soon as possible," she said reluctantly.
Mary, mother of three children, sounded happy to be able to spend time with her family of late. "I am happy I am able to spend time with my family after a long time. My twin sons have grown up already and my third son is growing up and he missed me so much in last year or so."
"Of course, I have been training. I can miss training for a day or two but not for a month or so," she retorted when asked whether she had started to train. About her proposed academy in her home state of Manipur, Mary said the aim was to complete construction work by the end of this year.
"I have many talented boxers in my academy. The construction work is still going on and we are still getting funds. We are trying to finish it this year." Mary hoped that the Bollywood biopic on her life and career would inspire many others to fight adversities in their lives.
"People have been inspired by the movie and have come to know about the difficulties I have faced. It was not easy for me after my marriage and having kids and hopefully it motivates people not to give up when they face problems in their life."