Mary Kom is too big a legend to need to hide from competition: Nikhat Zareen to Kiren Rijiju

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiOctober 17, 2019UPDATED: October 17, 2019 16:17 IST (Nikhat Zareen Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBFI had ignored Nikhat Zareen for the recent World Championships and sent Mary Kom insteadBFI now also plans to send Mary Kom for the Olympic qualifiersMary Kom has maintained that she would follow the BFI guidelines on selection trialsFormer junior world champion boxer Nikhat Zareen has written to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, demanding a trial bout against the celebrated MC Mary Kom before India’s squad for next year’s Olympic Qualifiers is decided.Mary Kom (51kg) claimed her eighth world medal at the recently-concluded championships in Russia. She was selected for the event ahead of Zareen, who was refused a trial by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), which decided to go by Mary Kom’s consistent performances while making the choice.The BFI now also plans to send Mary Kom for the Olympic qualifiers on the back of her bronze-winning show at the world championships, moving away from the previous decision to give direct selection only to the gold and silver winners.The qualifiers will be held in China in February next year.”Sir, the very basis of sport is fairplay and need to keep proving oneself each and every time. Even Olympic gold medallists have to fight again to qualify to represent the country,” she wrote in the letter.”I have been inspired by Mary Kom since I was a teenager. The best way I can do justice to this inspiration was to strive to be as great a boxer as her. And Mary Kom is too big a legend in sport to need to hide from competition and not actually defend her Olympic qualification,” she said.All I want is a fair chance.If I’m not given the opporunity to compete what am I training for. Sports is about FairPlay & I dont want to loose faith in my country.Jai Hind @KirenRijiju @RijijuOffice #AjaySingh @Media_SAI @DGSAI @BFI_official @kishanreddybjp @PMOIndia #TopsAthlete pic.twitter.com/t1ie62tMJyadvertisementNikhat Zareen (@nikhat_zareen) October 17, 2019Interestingly, the BFI criteria for men made it possible for even the bronze-winners to get direct selection.”After all, if 23-time gold-medallist Michael Phelps has to re-qualify every time for the Olympics, the rest of us should do the same.”Mary Kom has maintained that she would follow the BFI guidelines on selection trials and will compete if asked by the federation.The Sports Ministry is not entitled to intervene in selection matters of any national federation unless requested by the parent international body as any such unilateral move is considered a violation of the Olympic Charter.Zareen said even if she were to lose the trial bout, should she get one, she would feel content about at least getting a chance.”I look for no favours, just fairplay. And whether Mary Kom or any other boxer qualifies after the trial, we can at least sleep at night knowing that every one of the candidate for the best possible opportunity to make India proud at Olympics,” she said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Nikhat ZareenFollow Mc Mary KomFollow World Boxing Championships Mary Kom is too big a legend to need to hide from competition: Nikhat Zareen to Kiren RijijuMary Kom was selected for the World Boxing Championships ahead of Zareen, who was refused a trial by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), which decided to go by Mary Kom’s consistent performances.advertisementlast_img read more

UK automotive sector benefits from regional growth fund

Bentley, Calsonic Kansei, Lotus, Universal Engineering and Zytec are just some of the vehicle manufacturers and automotive  supply chain companies that have been confirmed in a list of over 100 companies from across the UK that will receive government support in the second round of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) allocation.The £950m second wave of funding, follows the initial round of announcements made in April this year. Organisations are awarded funding based on the potential for job creation and local community-based sustainable economic growth.“Confirmation that these automotive companies will benefit from government’s Regional Growth Fund signifies further confidence from government in the sector’s ability to sustain economic growth through investment in careers and skills,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Industry will work collaboratively with government to maximise the investments made, building expertise and strengthening competitiveness, whilst raising awareness of the increasing job opportunities available.”Of the 201,000 jobs created or protected, around 37,000 will be directly created jobs, and more than 164,000 will be in the supply chain. Government investment will support nearly £6 billion of private investment secured by the successful projects.Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said, “I am delighted to be able to announce this boost to business, which will jump start growth and create jobs that last in the places that really need it.“This targeted support for businesses across the country allows them to expand and create jobs. It unlocks private sector investment – with at least £5 put in for every £1 of public money.”The RGF is a £1.4bn fund which is designed to encourage enterprise, growth and jobs in the private sector and support areas and communities that are dependent on the public sector. Follow this link for more information about the Regional Growth Fund http://www.bis.gov.uk/RGF.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more