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    Mary makes women's boxing's Olympic case stronger: AIBA President

    New Delhi (PTI): M C Mary Kom's unprecedented four World Championship titles don't just make her a legend but also strengthen women's boxing's case for inclusion in the 2012 London Olympics, says International Boxing Association (AIBA) President Ching-Kuo Wu.

    Hailing the Manipuri pugilist's record feat, Wu said her remarkable achievement of winning medals in all the five world championships held so far has added weight to AIBA's effort to get women's boxing included in Olympics.

    "Having witnessed the excellent performances at the AIBA World Championships Ningbo City 2008, especially those of the very impressive Mary Kom, it illustrates how popular and successful the sport of women's boxing is right now and adds further weight behind including women's boxing in the Olympic Games," Wu told PTI in an interview from AIBA headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    Mary Kom, a mother of two, came back from a two-year sabbatical to clinch her fourth successive world championship gold last year, a feat that prompted AIBA to describe her as 'Magnificent Mary'.

    The women's World Championship itself grew by leaps and bounds and in the fifth edition held in Ningbo City, China last year a record 41 countries competed.

    Wu said all this has made AIBA confident of getting International Olympic Committee's (IOC) nod for the sport's Olympic debut in 2012 London Games.

    "AIBA has filed its application to the IOC to have women's boxing included into the Olympic Games. We now must wait on the decision of the IOC Executive Board. We are quietly confident but we must wait for the IOC, which is expected to make a decision in October this year," Wu said.


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