Mary Kom was back in her 48kg category in Asian Championships squad

Vastavam web: The celebrated M C Mary Kom was back in her preferred 48kg category as she staved off the challenge from younger competitors to clinch a place in the Indian team for Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in Vietnam.After three days of gruelling trials here, during which some boxers ended up fighting two bouts in one day, the veteran duo of Mary Kom and L Sarita Devi (64kg) made the cut despite trying their luck in changed weight categories.The Rajya Sabha MP fought six bouts during the trials, winning all despite facing younger rivals in the likes of World Championships silver-medallist Sarjubala Devi among others.
The Olympic bronze-medallist had announced her decision to shuffle between 48kg and 51kg categories, depending on tournaments, at the end of last year.The 34-year-old has five medals to her credit at the regional meet, four of them gold. But this would be the first time, the Manipuri would try her luck in a weight category that fetched her two World Championship medals a gold and a silver.Both Mary Kom and Sarita had missed the 2015 edition, in which India failed to secure a single gold, ending with a silver and five bronze medals instead.
Set for an Asian debut is Haryana’s Neeraj (51kg), who won a gold medal at the Nation’s Cup in Serbia earlier this year.World Championships’ silver-medallist Sonia Lather (57kg) expectedly made the squad along with last Asian Championships’ silver-medallist Saweety Boora (81g), who would be aiming to better the colour of her medal this time.