Mary Kom resigns as boxing’s national observer

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Dec 2017 11:18:29



FIVE-TIME world champion MC Mary Kom has resigned as the national observer for Indian boxing after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore made it clear that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position.
“I resigned as national observer 10 days ago after having a word with Mr Rathore. I had been requested to take up the position, it was not something I had asked for,” Mary Kom, who claimed her fifth Asian Championships gold medal last month, told PTI on Friday.

“I had inquired about the rule on not having active athletes as observers with the then Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas when it was offered to me,” she explained, reacting to insinuation that her appointment smacked of conflict of interest given that
she is still an active national camper.”

Where is the conflict of interest, asks Akhil Kumar INDIAN boxing’s national observer Akhil Kumar on Friday rejected insinuation of conflict of interest in his appointment, saying that casting aspersions on him is unfair as he is neither a beneficiary of government schemes nor a part of the national camp. Reacting sharply to reports that his appointment by the Sports Ministry was against the rules, Akhil, a former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and World Cup bronze-medallist, told PTI that the controversy has left him flummoxed.

“People say that top-level sportspersons should come into the mainstream to promote sports in India. When we are doing that, controversies are being created,” Akhil, who is no longer an amateur boxer, said.