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IOC Denies Mary Kom Wildcard Entry for Rio Olympics

Mary Kom. (Getty Images)

Mary Kom. (Getty Images)

The Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom will not be on the bus to Rio Olympics as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has denied her the wildcard entry for the mega tournament.

Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom will not board the bus to Rio Olympics as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has denied her the wildcard entry for the mega tournament.

The AIBA ad-hoc committee chairman, Kishen Narsi, confirmed the news on Wednesday.

Under IOC's latest ruling, the tripartite places will be available only to countries that had less than eight participants in the last two Olympics — London 2012 and Beijing 2008. This includes boxers, coaches and support staff.

Mary Kom could not book an Olympic ticket after losing in the second round of the World Championships last month.

Earlier, Narsi had written to AIBA, seeking what is officially called a Tripartite Commission Invitation Place.

World Championships bronze-medallist Shiva Thapa (56 kg) became the first Indian boxer to make the cut for Rio by entering the Asian Qualifying Tournament's final.

Shiva, given the top seeding in his weight category, lived up to the billing as he sailed past 2013 World Championship bronze-medallist Kairat Yeraliyev of Kazakhstan in the semifinal.

The 22-year-old Indian became the youngest boxer to qualify for the multi-sporting extravaganza.

"I want to thank god for having managed to achieve this. I was very worked-up about this bout, it was the most important bout for me. So I am totally exhausted and relieved at the same time," Shiva told PTI after he qualified for the Rio Games.

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