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Mary Kom: I am very hurt

New Delhi: Olympic bronze medallist M. C. Mary Kom is still smarting about the last-minute postponement of the Asian Games trials, alleging that the ad-hoc body members have “disrespected her achievements” by not bothering to inform her about their decision.

“I am very hurt... What surprised me was that they didn’t even bother to inform me till the last minute. Is that what I deserve having brought so many laurels for the country at international competitions? I feel the organisers (ad-hoc) didn’t support me and also feel disrespected,” Mary Kom said during a promotional Tuesday.

Mary Kom feels that this precedent was not very good for aspiring boxers who are toiling to bring glory to the nation.

“Just imagine, if they are doing this to me, what will happen to the talented juniors who are coming through the system. Well, it did disturb my training for the Asian Games trials. But now I am focussed and raring to go. I am ever-ready for the trials. Today, tomorrow or whenever, my job is to compete,” she said.

However, one question she didn’t like was about new sensation Pinky Jangra. When a scribe was about to question the five-time world champion about “CWG silver medallist Pinky”, she cut him short and said, “it was a bronze.”