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Kiren Rijiju: Let’s welcome New Year 2020 with spirit of love, compassion: Kiren Rijiju | Off the field News


NEW DELHI: Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday wished a Happy New Year to the country.

“Let’s welcome the New Year 2020 with the spirit of love and compassion! On the eve of New Year we decided to do some works instead of a picnic. So, we trekked uphill to identify new Guest House and Helipad in our remote circle,” Rijiju tweeted.

The minister, on Monday, had said that boxer Mary Kom is a legend and Nikhat has the potential to follow in her footsteps and added that the country is proud of both the pugilists.

His remarks came after Mary Kom refused to shake hands with Nikhat at the end ofthe final round of the women’s boxing Olympic qualifiers trials on Saturday. The six-time world champion defeated Zareen 9-1 in the 51kg category and booked a berth for the Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifiers.

Five female boxers, including Mary Kom, have secured their spot for the Olympic Qualifiers.

The Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifiers for women will take place from February 3 to 14 in Wuhan, China.

“Too much of issues are created on this! Mary Kom is a legend who has achieved what no other boxer has ever achieved in the World Amateur Boxing. Nikhat Zareen is an amazing boxer who has the potential to follow the footsteps of Mary Kom. India is proud of both of them. Period…,” Rijiju had tweeted.

Earlier this year, Zareen had demanded a ‘fair chance’ to contest the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers. On October 17, she had written to the Sports Ministry challenging the Boxing Federation of India’s (BFI) decision to accommodate world champion Mary Kom by changing its rule of exempting gold and silver medallists from the World Cup.

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