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Renowned Boxer Mary Kom Resigns as India’s Chef-de-Mission for Paris Olympics Due to Personal Reasons: A Closer Look

From Honour to Resignation: Understanding Mary Kom's Journey as India's Chef-de-Mission for Paris Olympics and Her Sudden Exit

New Delhi, 12-04-2024 : In an unexpected turn of events, Mary Kom, the six-time world champion boxer, announced her resignation as India’s chef-de-mission for the upcoming Paris Olympics. The decision came as a result of personal reasons that compelled her to step down from the prestigious role.

PT Usha, the President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), disclosed that Mary Kom conveyed her request to be relieved from her position in a formal letter addressed to her. Expressing her sentiments in the letter, the 41-year-old boxing icon stated, “I consider it an honour to serve my country in every way possible, and I was mentally prepared for it. However, I regret that I will not be able to uphold the prestigious responsibility and would like to resign, owing to personal reasons.” Mary Kom acknowledged the difficulty of retracting from a commitment, emphasizing her unwavering support for her country and the athletes participating in the Olympic Games.

Mary Kom’s appointment as the logistical in-charge of India’s contingent at the July 26-August 11 Games was announced by the IOA on March 21. However, her decision to step down was met with understanding and respect from the IOA. PT Usha expressed sadness over Mary Kom’s resignation, highlighting her accomplishments as an Olympic medalist and the Chairperson of the IOA Athletes Commission. Usha assured that the IOA would soon announce a replacement for Mary Kom after appropriate consultations. Following Mary Kom’s resignation, the IOA appointed Shiva Keshavan, a six-time Winter Olympian and luger, as the deputy chef-de-mission for the Paris Olympics. Additionally, Sharath Kamal, a veteran table tennis player and reigning Commonwealth Games champion, was named as India’s male flag-bearer for the prestigious event.

The appointment of a female flag-bearer is pending as several quotas for the Games are yet to be filled. Despite Mary Kom’s departure, India remains hopeful for a successful outing at the Paris Olympics, with more than 40 athletes across various disciplines having qualified for the Games. The nation aspires to surpass its previous Olympics performance, aiming to secure more than seven medals, including gold.





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