The Olympic medalist twisted a minute in her left knee in her 48kg semi-final bout against Haryana’s Neetu during the Indian Boxing Commonwealth Games 2022 selection trials for women in the national capital on Thursday.
Mary Kom, who became the first Indian woman boxer to win a CWG gold medal at Gold Coast 2018, tried soldiers after undergoing treatment, but was eventually forced to withdraw midway through the bout. This ended the veteran boxer’s bid to defend his crown at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and left him in tears.
The Indian boxing ace underwent a scan on Saturday, which revealed a ‘complete tear of the ACL’. The doctor treating him has suggested reconstructive surgery. A report by olympics.com said the London 2012 bronze medalist has been prescribed “ice and knee support” in addition to painkillers.
The severity of the injury comes as a major setback for 39-year-old Marie, who is in the late stages of her career. Despite his considerable prowess, the boxer’s days in the ring are numbered and at his age, an injury would be a huge blow.
Mary Kom told the New Indian Express, “This has never happened to me before and I am struggling to cope. It is devastating.”
Though circumstances and age may not be in his favor, the most decorated Indian boxer believes that he is far from boxing and still has a lot to do to make a comeback.
“I still feel I have a year or two of boxing left in me. I am sure I will be back in my old form. I am consulting experts and after that we (my team) have a plan for rehabilitation. Will prepare. I can fight to get out of this. I will come back again,” said a determined Mary Kom.
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