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Indian boxer Mary Kom has announced her retirement

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Nepal online patrika , kathmandu |Six-time World Champion and 2012 Olympic medallist Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom has officially declared her retirement from boxing.

Mary Kom, at the age of 41, decided to hang up her boxing gloves in adherence to the International Boxing Association’s (IBA) rule, which permits male and female boxers to participate in elite-level competitions only until the age of 40.

Expressing her continued hunger for competition at the elite level, Mary acknowledged that the age limit compels her to bring an end to her illustrious career.

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“I have the hunger still, but unfortunately, because of the age limit, it is over. I cannot compete in any competition. I want to play more, but I am being forced to quit (due to the age limit). I have to retire. I have achieved everything in my life,” Mary stated during a recent event.

Mary Kom holds the distinction of being the first female boxer in history to secure six world titles.

The five-time Asian champion also made history as the first female boxer from India to claim a gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games.

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Her achievements include a bronze medal in the London 2012 Olympic Games, and she has consistently displayed exceptional boxing skills throughout her career.

At the age of 18, she announced her presence on the world stage in the inaugural world meet in Scranton, Pennsylvania, reaching the final of the 48kg category.

Although falling short in the final, Mary left an indelible mark on the sport. Over the years, she secured gold medals at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in 2002 and continued her dominance by winning titles in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2010.

After a brief hiatus following the birth of her twins in 2008, Mary made a remarkable comeback, winning a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Subsequently, she took another break after giving birth to her third child but returned to secure her sixth world title in the 2018 World Championships in Delhi.

In 2019, Mary Kom added to her legacy by clinching her eighth world medal, the highest by any male or female boxer.

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