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Mary Kom denied ticket to Rio Olympics

Five-time World Champion Mary Kom has failed to secure a berth for Rio Olympics 2016 because she has been denied wild card entry by AIBA.

In a last-ditch attempt to fetch, the Indian Olympic Association and the ad-hoc committee administering boxing in the country had officially sent a request for a wildcard entry to the celebrated boxer, who had failed to make the cut via qualifiers.

“Mary Kom denied wild card entry into Rio Olympics by International Olympic Committee,” reported ANI quoting Kishan Narsi, Chairman of AIBA ad-hoc committe.

The ad-hoc committee, headed by Narsi, had also written to AIBA, seeking what is officially called a Tripartite Commission Invitation Place. There is only one such place on offer in the 51kg category, in which Mary Kom competes.

Mary Kom could not book an Olympic ticket after losing in the second round of the World Championships last month.

The 33-year-old became the first Indian woman to win a boxing medal when she clinched bronze in the 2012 London Games.

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