Five Time world champions .C. Mary Kom will be opt out himself from the 2018 Asian Games at Jakarata Palembang and in place of him team included Manipur Star Sarjubala.
“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. “Sarjubala Devi dominated in the trial match and won with rather ease to log in her name on the Asian Games roster.”
“I opted out myself because there is is no 48 kilogram category at the Asian Games. Right now I am focussed on winning gold at the World Championships in that weight category,” Mary told IANS.
“Also, I have won medals at the Asian Games which include a gold and bronze in the 51kg event. Now I want to give a chance to the upcoming youngsters,” she added.
In the Boxing Squad for Asian Games Apart of Sarjubaba team included with world championship 2016 silver medalist sonia lathers and Pavitra in the line up.
Commonwealth Games 2018 bronze medallist Mohammad Hussamuddin (56kg) and silver medallist, Amit Panghal (49kg) have also been named in the squad and will hope to shine on their debut at the continental event.
Upcoming 2018 Asian Games will be held in Indonesia at the venue of Jakarata Palembang from August 18 to September 1, While boxing events starting from August 24.