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Boxer Mary Kom does not rule out future Olympian after defeat

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India’s underdog pugilistic hero was disappointed to be finished so soon in Tokyo, but Kom hasn’t ruled out going for a third Olympic berth three years from now if the age limit on boxers is raised. “I’m still here,” Kom said, pointing to her heart. “I’m still strong enough. If you have it here, it’s still there.”

Boxer Mary Kom won’t rule out Olympic future after loss The irrepressibly optimistic Kom, who rose from a poverty-stricken Manipur childhood and defied her father’s initial skepticism about boxing to become a six-time amateur world champion, reacted to her defeat with good sportsmanship and pragmatism.

Kom is a mother of four and a member of parliament, so she has more than enough to occupy her time when she isn’t the subject of movies, books and television shows for her adoring fans. Although she had said she expected Tokyo to be her last Olympics, she didn’t sound so certain in the immediate aftermath. The international boxing association currently limits boxers to 40 years old in its competitions, but it’s suspended for this Olympic cycle after years of problems. Even if the governing body is reinstated to run the Paris Olympics, it has expressed an openness to raising the age limit in the past, particularly if a celebrity fighter is interesting in pursuing an Olympic spot.

“I don’t know, because there’s an age limit,” Kom said. “Maybe, but I’m not sure about that.” “The first round was not much, but in the second and third round, I’m not waiting for her anymore,” Kom said. “I don’t know what I think, but she is a very good fighter.”

Kom will wait to see what is decided about the age limit before she confirms her future, but her movement and fast hands still appeared to be intact during her lively loss to Valencia. Kom didn’t qualify for Rio de Janeiro, but she persevered and made another comeback, even winning her sixth world title in 2018 before qualifying for Tokyo.

More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Kom won her opening bout in Tokyo over Miguelina Hernandez of the Dominican Republic, but fell two victories short of clinching a second Olympic medal. Kom won bronze in London during the debut of women’s Olympic boxing, creating yet another highlight in a career that took off with her first pinweight (45 kilograms) world championship as a 19-year-old prospect in 2002.

Kom won her opening bout in Tokyo over Miguelina Hernandez of the Dominican Republic, but fell two victories short of clinching a second Olympic medal. Kom won bronze in London during the debut of women’s Olympic boxing, creating yet another highlight in a career that took off with her first pinweight (45 kilograms) world championship as a 19-year-old prospect in 2002.

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