CWG 2018

After her first CWG gold medal, Mary Kom to be India’s flag-bearer at closing ceremony

The veteran boxer was making her debut at the Games after all these years.

Indian boxing legend MC Mary Kom, who claimed a gold medal on debut at the Commonwealth Games, will be India’s flagbearer at the event’s closing ceremony in Gold Coast on Sunday.

The 35-year-old, five-time world champion, who is also an Olympic bronze-medallist, claimed her first CWG gold after beating Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara in the light flyweight (48kg) final on Saturday.

“This is the first time I will be India’s flag-bearer in an event like this. I don’t know if I deserve it but I am certainly very proud of it,” Mary Kom told PTI.

The five-time Asian champion has claimed three gold medals in the last five months, starting with the Asian Championships in Vietnam.

The boxer also cleared the air on the wrong spelling of her name being used by the organisers. Her name has been spelt Mery instead of Mary. “Actually it is Mary but because my passport has the spelling Mery, the organisers have gone with that spelling. I will be getting it corrected once I am done with the Games and back in India,” she said.

Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu was the flag-bearer in the opening ceremony for India.

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