Will leave no stone unturned to win a medal at Commonwealth, says Mary Kom

ANI | Updated: Sep 18, 2017 22:17 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept 18 (ANI): Indian star boxer and five-time world champion Mary Kom on Monday insisted that 2018 Commonwealth Games is her priority at the moment and that she will leave no stone unturned to win a medal in the tournament.

When quizzed about her preparation for the prestigious tournament, the London Olympics bronze-medallist said that the training sessions have been going really well and that the national coaches are helping her a lot.

"My preparation is going very good. All the national coaches are helping me. I think my preparation is really good. Commonwealth Games is my priority and I will leave no stone unturned," Mary told in an interview to ANI.

She, however, added that now the format has changed a lot and so many categories have been emerged.

When talking about 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the 34-year-old said that overseas boxers are smarter and faster and, therefore, they also need to act smart.

Mary also welcomed the appointment of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore as the Sports Minister, saying that the Olympic silver-medallist is the right person for the role and that he would surely do everything possible to guide Indian sports to greater heights.

"I was so happy when he joined politics. We wanted him as a sports minister but they (government) were not giving him the role. Now, he has come and I believe he will do everything what is needed. Right person is there (sports minister)," Mary said.

Earlier, Rajyavardhan had announced that 152 Indian athletes preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Asian Games will get a pocket allowance of Rs. 50, 000 per month.

In a major cabinet reshuffle that took place earlier this month, Rathore replaced Vijay Goel, who has been made the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs.

And after taking charge as the Sports Minister on Monday, the Olympic silver medallist said that he will focus on providing sportspersons across the country both 'suvidha and sammaan' (facilities and respect) so that they can improve their game and win laurels for the nation.(ANI)