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 car manufacturing achieves alltime record exports in 2012

UK car manufacturing broke all-time export records in 2012, with volumes sent overseas exceeding 1.2 million, up 8% on last year. Total vehicle output increased 8% last year to 1.58 million units, the highest level since 2008.Car output rose 9% in 2012 to 1.46 million units, ending the year with a 6% rise in December.Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive said, “2012 was a very good year for UK car production with record levels of exports and volumes at their highest since 2008.“The outlook for 2013 remains positive with demand in many faster growing global markets offsetting the continued weakness in European economies. The £6 billion of investment committed to UK facilities, new model programmes and R&D signals a bright future and many new opportunities for companies in the supply chain.  These remain extremely challenging times and it is essential industry and government continue to work together to secure long-term industrial growth.”UK automotive manufacturing dataBusiness Secretary Vince Cable said, “News that UK car production increased by 9% in 2012 and exports are at record levels is a great tribute to our manufacturing strengths, particularly in the face of challenging trading conditions in Europe and strong international competition.“The UK is achieving success by making products that are in demand across the world. We have a diverse and innovative automotive sector with some of the most productive plants in the world and a flexible, skilled and committed workforce.“The government is creating a highly supportive business environment to ensure that UK manufacturers continue to flourish as well as encouraging further investment in the UK automotive sector, including the supply chain.“There is no room for complacency and to build on this competitive advantage we are working jointly with the auto sector on a long term industrial strategy.”CV and Engine manufacturing factsCV output fell 6.8% in the year and was down 18.9% in December.UK engine production remained stable, down just 0.3% in 2012, with December dipping 0.8%.CV and engine manufacturing output last year reflects weak demand in European economies as instability in the eurozone and fresh austerity measures impact on consumer confidence.The outlook for UK automotive manufacturing is good with global demand remaining strong and UK facilities building on the significant investment committed to them in recent years.Click through to download the full UK automotive manufacturing news release for December 2012 (full year data).If you use these figures in online editorial, please reference www.smmt.co.uk/vehicle-data/ as the source.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more