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Eyeing a sixth world title, Mary Kom opts for ‘smart’ training


New Delhi: Boxer Mary Kom poses for a group photo at the send-off ceremony of the Indian contingent for Special Olympics Unified Cup 2018, in New Delhi on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma) (PTI7_11_2018_000079B)

New Delhi : Indian boxer MC Mary Kom says she has her sights set on a historic sixth World Championship crown and is training “smartly” to achieve it.

The 35-year-old had pulled out of the Asian Games due to a shoulder problem, but is expected to be back in action at the World Championships to be held in New Delhi in November.

“One thing I am certain of that if I don’t get any injury and give 100 per cent in my training then I definitely I can say that I am going to win the World Championship. If something in between happens then I can’t say. But I am healing well,” she said.

“I am training smartly for the World Championship. Six-seven years ago we would train for two-three hours but now it is not required. We are able to do everything in an hour of training. Staying fit is very important for a comeback so I would say one should be clever with the training,” she added.

Talking about the performance of the young generation of women boxers, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist said it was ‘unfortunate’ that the girls were unable to win medals at Gold Coast.

A women’s football team including six players with intellectual disability and five mainstream athletes will be representing India at the Special Olympics Unified Cup to be held in Chicago from July 17-20.

The five day tournament is being organized to mark the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics.Speaking at the send-off event, five-time World Champion Mary Kom, said, “Special Olympics Unified Sports is a great initiative and it is amazing that the women from our country will be representing our nation at the Unified Cup 2018.

“Wishing the entire team all the very best fro the game.”