Guwahati: Olympic medalist and six-time world boxing champion MC Mary Kom felt the heat, quite literally, during her bout against Nepal’s Mala Rai at the ongoing Indian Open International Boxing Tournament in Guwahati on Tuesday.
It was action right from the word go as the star pugilist from Manipur punched her way to victory at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium, where the tournament is being currently held.
The atmosphere was tense and temperatures were soaring, and it had to be. After all, it was Mary Kom’s competitive debut tournament at home in the 51 kg. She thrashed Mala Rai 5-0 to book a berth in the semi-finals.
Outside the ring, however, Mary was panting and gasping for breath, as media surrounded for a word from the flamboyant performer. That the air-conditioning system was dysfunctional added to her woes.
She thanked everyone for their support, as she wiped her sweaty brows again and again. Maybe that didn’t escape the notice of one curious journalist who enquired about it after she was done answering questions. “A very unfortunate incident in the indoor venue this time. It was working, but maybe because of some technical problems,” she said.
Mary Kom, however, put up a brave fight, as she said: “We must bear it. Even I did bear it and tried to perform my best to win. We must bear and understand (the situation).”
When EastMojo tried to contact the state director of sports and youth welfare, Dharma Kanta Milli, he refused to comment on the matter saying that the entire snag has been looked into and will be resolved at the earliest.