Five-time world champion MC Mary Kom has decided to opt out of the Indian boxing squad for the 2018 Asian Games, which was announced in Delhi on Friday.
Instead of Mary, fellow Manipur star Sarjubala Devi will represent India in the women’s 51 kilogram category at the Asiad.
“Sarjubala Devi defeated Pinki Rani in the selection trial to take the final spot in the squad. Both the boxers had earned equal points and share of wins in the last two months and the trial was organised to finalize the last name in the squad,” the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) said in a statement on Friday.
News agency IANS reported that Mary is concentrating on winning gold in the 48kg division at the World Championships to be held in Delhi in November.