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Mary Kom to skip Asian championship

 NEW DELHI, March 16: Legendary MC Mary Kom has decided to skip the Asian Women’s Championship to prepare for the bigger events ahead and in her absence, world championship silver medallist Sonia Chahal will lead the 20-member Indian contingent at the event, to be held in Bangkok from April 16 to 27.

Six-time world champion Mary Kom, who won India’s solitary gold medal at the 2017 edition in Vietnam, wants to focus on the World Championships to be held later this year.

India’s hopes in 64kg will rest on Punjab’s Simranjit Kaur and Assam’s Lovlina Borgohain will be the one to watch out for in 69kg.

The team: 48kg: Nitu (Haryana), Manju Rani (Punjab, reserve). 51kg: Nikhat Zareen (Telangana), Pinki Rani (Haryana, reserve). 54kg: Manisha (Haryana), Meenakumari (AIP, reserve). 57kg: Sonia Chahal (RSPB), Sakshi (Haryana, reserve). 60kg: Sarita Devi (AIP), Parveen (Haryana, reserve). 64kg: Simranjit Kaur (Punjab), Pwilao Basumatary (RSPB, reserve). 69kg: Lovlina Borgohain (Assam), Anjali Tushir (reserve). 75kg: Nupur (Haryana), Pooja (RSPB, reserve). 81kg: Pooja Rani (Haryana), Nandini (CHD, reserve). 81+kg: Seema Poonia (RSPB), Kavita Chahal (AIP, reserve). – PTI

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