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Mary Kom questions protest rule at Worlds

 NEW DELHI, Oct 15: Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom on Tuesday questioned the rationale behind the rule which did not allow her to lodge a protest after her semifinal loss in the recent World Championships.

 “Our protest was not considered as it was a 1-4 verdict. I don’t know what this rule is, that you cannot file an appeal if it is 1-4,” Mary Kom said on the sidelines of a felicitation function by the Sports Ministry.

“If deserving winners are made to lose, it does not do any good to the sport,” said the 36-year-old who won her maiden 51kg medal, a bronze, in the just-concluded World Championships in Russia.

After Mary Kom lost her semifinals bout 1-4 to Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey, India lodged a protest but it was turned down by the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) technical committee.

The rules mandate is that the decision has to be either 3-2 or 3-1 for an appeal to be even accepted for consideration.

Asked if there was any bias against her in the decision, she said, “Of course, there was something fishy but I don’t know what exactly is that.”

“I was sad and shocked but I could not do anything,” said the brand ambassador of the AIBA.

Just after the semifinal loss, she had said that it was an unacceptable result and could never imagine something like that would happen to her. – PTI

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