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Mary Kom defeats Nikhat Zareen to book Tokyo 2020 berth – and refuses to shake hands after the fight!

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The long-lasting controversy between Nikhat Zareen and Mary Kom regarding the representation at the Tokyo 2020 qualifier has finally come to an end as the six-time world champion has defeated Nikhat Zareen to book her spot in the Olympic qualifiers next year.

Mary Kom defeated Zareen in 51-kg division via a 9-1 split decision.

Mary Kom defeats Nikhat Zareen to book Tokyo 2020 berth - and refuses to shake hands after the fight! - Mary

The Olympic qualifiers are scheduled to take place in Wuhan, China from February 3-14, 2020. All the boxers from the Asia-Oceanic region will be present and will be fighting for their sport in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Following her victory over Zareen, the Manipuri pugilist was very emotional as she refused to shake hands of Zareen following her victory. The Hyderabad based boxer broke down in tears after an argument broke down between Telangana boxing officials and Boxing Federation of India officials, including the president.

On the undercard, Sakshi Chaudhary defeated Sonia Lather via a split decision in the 57kg category. Sarita Devi lost to Simranjit in the 60kg boxing trial in a split decision.

The controversy in this saga emerged after Mary Kom won a Bronze medal at the world championships in Russia last month. As a result, many presumed that the six-time world champion would get a direct ticket to the Olympic qualifiers.

But according to a rule by Boxing Federation of India, only boxers securing Gold and Silver medal would get a direct entry in the qualifiers. This resulted in Nikhat vying for a trail. The decision was taken last month after a meeting between BFI, SAI officials along with coaches Raffaele Bergamasco and Santiago Nieva.

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