NEW DELHI, March 27: Five-time world champion and London Olympics bronze-medallist woman boxer MC Mary Kom is eyeing a comeback to the ring at this year�s Asian Championship in Vietnam before deciding her future course of action.
The Rajya Sabha MP, who has not competed since last year�s World Championships, ruled out retirement for the time being but has decided to set short-term goals.
Asked whether she has any plans to quit boxing, the 34-year-old celebrated pugilist said, �Not yet. I am still doing practice and still continuing to follow my schedule. I am still dreaming for another year (in boxing).�
�My next target is Asian Championships in November. I want to give myself a chance to be in the team and give my best and win a medal for India,� Mary Kom said on the sidelines of the felicitation ceremony of India�s Special Olympics contingent.
The Indian Special Olympics contingent won 73 medals, including 37 gold, 10 silver and 26 bronze at the just-concluded Special Olympic World Winter Games in Austria.
Mary once again ruled out turning professional.
�I have no plans to turn professional as I still love to play for India.�
The women�s Asian Championships is scheduled to be held in Vietnam from November 2 to 12 later this year.
Mary Kom was recently appointed National Observer for boxing by the Government of India to assist in the preparation and implementation of the government�s long term development plan for Olympics.
Asked about her new role, she said, �Whatever responsibility the government has given me, I will try my level best to perform them. My priority will be to work towards providing immediate facilities and help to all the boxers.� � PTI