Mary Kom believed she had won for more than two hours after her fight with Ingrit Valencia
Mary Kom believed she had won for more than two hours after her fight with Ingrit Valencia. Kom raised her hand, bowed in all four directions, and hugged Valencia after the Colombian won 3-2 in the 51kg Round of 16 tie battle on Thursday. Kom was out of breath and her hair was dishevelled, but she smiled. Kom was back to her talkative self with the journalists a few minutes later.
“I assumed I’d come out on top. I didn’t realise it until after I spoke to the media that I had lost in the ring. They took me for a doping [test], and I was completely unaware of it. ‘You are the winner, Mary, don’t worry,’ Chote Lal (coach) said to me. ‘I am a winner,’ I declared. Of course, I was victorious. Then I looked at my phone and saw [Union minister] Kiren Rijiju sir’s tweet, which was surprising. “Oh my God, what has happened?” I exclaimed. Kom remarked.
At first glance, it appeared to be a way for her to say goodbye to her illustrious career as an Olympic fighter. Kom, however, who was yearning for a second medal to add to her London 2102 bronze, was devastated when she learned of the decision.