‘How long can one fear COVID-19?’: Mary Kom ahead of first competition in a year


The fear of the coronavirus has made means for a fierce want to compete in star Indian boxer M C Mary Kom’s thoughts as she gears up for her first event in a year subsequent week, having recovered from the muscle loss triggered by a current bout of dengue.

The 37-year-old six-time world champion principally skilled at house in 2020 and joined the nationwide camp in Bengaluru for a fortnight final month after recovering from dengue.

Next week on the Boxam International event in Spain, she’s going to step into the ring for the first time since making the lower for Tokyo Olympics on the Asian Qualifiers in Jordan final year.

“I was scared (of travelling) and I will still be very cautious and concerned but then how long can you go on fearing? The cycle has to stop at some point,” she instructed PTI in an interview as she appeared ahead to the Olympic year.

“One just has to be sensible to avoid the virus and I am trying my best to be that, wearing masks, maintaining personal hygiene like always. But being scared of it, like I was for a long time, perhaps that should not happen,” she stated referring to her beforehand acknowledged reluctance to journey overseas for coaching amid the pandemic.

The event she will likely be seen in subsequent, together with eight different Olympic-bound Indian boxers, will likely be held in Castellon from March 1 to 7. The Indian group is anticipated to depart on the weekend.

“My body feels good. Like everyone, I also had a rough 2020. The dengue (in December) wreaked havoc. I lost a lot of muscle because of it and my weight had shot up drastically. I was about 57-59 till last month,” she revealed.

“But all it took was 15 days of regimented training (in Bengaluru national camp) and now I am back to my usual weight of 51-52, the muscles are also in shape. I think I am good to go, rest you can ask my coaches for who knows, I could be bragging,” she stated, breaking into laughter.

The coaching in Bengaluru’s Inspire Institute of Sports, with which the Boxing Federation of India has a tie-up, now contains sparring, a vital side which was barred as a result of of the strict COVID-19 protocol earlier in place.

“That has been a huge relief. It is done in groups and everyone is tested, so the risk has been majorly taken care of,” the Manipuri mom of 4 stated.

She would possibly now not fear the virus that put the world into disarray final year however the International Olympic Committee’s current resolution to cancel boxing’s world qualifiers as a result of of the challenges posed by the pandemic do underline the persevering with considerations.

Mary Kom, who’s an athlete ambassador of the IOC process drive which is dealing with boxing’s qualification course of and the principle occasion for the Games, stated it was a resolution based mostly on sensible points regardless of the various disappointments it’s sure to trigger.

“We all need issues to return to regular however on the similar time, there are challenges too and this resolution is a consequence of that. Even if I had opposed, it wouldn’t have made any distinction.

“All I can say is that those who qualified when the competitions were on, they got lucky.”
Speaking in regards to the Games in July-August, Mary Kom stated she is aware of the expectations from her and is prepared for the problem too regardless that she could be up in opposition to a lot youthful competition.

“You know, after I joined the camp in Bengaluru, I used to be nonetheless the quickest amongst all. So, no matter occurred to all that discuss being quicker than me, higher than me.

“I know it won’t be easy in Tokyo and it has never been easy for me. So what’s new there? I would again say what I always say when I am asked about expectations. I will give my best, the result, however, is not in my hands,” she stated.

“I am in a joyful space in my life. I intend to keep it that way.”
And what about after Tokyo?

“Let’s focus on Tokyo first. Once that is done, we will talk about what happens after that,” she signed off.