Jamshedpur, Jan 23 : World Boxing Champion MC Mary Kom has expressed her
desire to represent Jharkhand in the forthcoming 34th National Games to
be held from February 12 to 26.
"Yes, I want to represent Jharkhand in the mega sports event and I had
talks with the Jharkhand Boxing Association (JBA) general secretary,
Dinesh Upadhyay and coach Ajit Singh in this regard," Mary Kom said from
Pune over phone.
Asked why she wants to represent Jharkhand, the five-time world boxing
champion said, "One of my Manipur statemate Sarita Devi has qualified to
represent Manipur in the National Games in the same weight category (51
kgs). So I want to represent Jharkhand."
As the National Games was big event, sportspersons can represent any
state or board with the consent of the proper authority," she added.
JBA officials have no objection to her representing Jharkhand, while
expressing confidence that she will procure the No Objection Certificate
"Mary Kom's representation would ensure a medal for Jharkhand and it
will also be a morale booster for the state women team," Upadhyay said.