Boxing queen Mary Kom ruled out of Commonwealth Games with knee injury

India’s boxing queen Mary Kom will miss this year’s Commonwealth Games after limping out of the ring during a trial event, but her trainer said on Monday she would “make a comeback”. The 39-year-old six-time world champion twisted her left knee during the Commonwealth Games boxing trials in India over the weekend, meaning she will miss the Games from next month in Birmingham, England .

“She is in a lot of pain. It will take 10 to 15 days for the swelling to go away,” Kom’s longtime coach Chhote Lal Yadav told AFP. “But she always says she will make a comeback.”

Yadav said the six-time world champion known as ‘Magnificent Mary’ will need knee surgery. “It’s heartbreaking. But it’s fate, it’s God’s will,” Yadav said. “The medical advice we’ve received now is that she needs surgery. But we’re also consulting with other doctors to find the best possible way.”

Kom, who turns 40 in November, became the country’s first female boxer to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2018. Kom reportedly fell trying to dodge a punch in her debut fight and should have be carried out of the ring. “I’ve never had a knee injury before,” she told The Times of India before being rushed to hospital.

Kom, who comes from a humble background in the remote northeastern state of Manipur, won six world championships and five Asian championships during a career spanning more than two decades. She also won an Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 Games in London and a gold medal at the Asian Games in 2014.

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