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Iím not turning pro, says Mary Kom

 KOLKATA, July 5 (PTI): Olympics bronze-medallist pugilist Vijender Singh might have turned professional but Indian woman boxing icon MC Mary Kom today said sheís not turning pro and would concentrate on her academy post retirement after Rio Olympics 2016.

ďAs for me, Iím not turning pro. Iíve already announced that this (Rio 2016) would be my last Olympics and I would call it quits after this,Ē the Olympic bronze medalist told reporters here today. The 32-year-old Mary Kom said she would focus on winning another medal for India before calling it quits in 2016.

ďIím looking forward to bag another medal and do the country proud. My preparation is going on very well for the Rio Olympics. After Olympics, my focus is on training kids back home and Iíll concentrate on my academy. I want India win more medals in boxing and thatís why my target is to train youngsters in my academy. I want to share my experience with them,Ē the Manipuri boxer added.

On Vijederís decision, she said: ďIt would be better if you ask him (about turning pro)... I donít want to comment on that. Itís his personal choice. ďAs for me, this is my last Olympics. At the same time Iím also a mother and I want to give time to my family. I want to do social work. I donít want to turn pro.Ē

Mary Kom, on whom a biopic has been made in Bollywood, asked the government to start a self-defence course for women in schools and colleges in the wake of violence against them.

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