Mary Kom suffered ACL injury, advised reconstructive surgery | boxing news



NEW DELHI: Six-time world champion boxer MC Mary Kom has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and will require reconstructive surgery, scans revealed on Saturday.
The veteran Indian boxer’s bid to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham ended in heartbreak here on Friday as she was forced to withdraw halfway through the selection trials due to a knee injury .
Her GP suggested reconstructive surgery as it is a “complete ACL tear”.
So far, the Olympic bronze medalist has been advised “ice application and knee support” and has also been prescribed medication including painkillers.
The 39-year-old legend twisted his left knee in the opening minutes of the first round of the 48kg semi-finals against Haryana’s Nitu.
Mary Kom will thus miss the quadrennial event, where she became the first Indian boxer to win a gold medal in the last edition in 2018.
Mary Kom fell in the very first round of the fight. She tried to continue after receiving medical assistance, but after a few punches she struggled to keep her balance as she grabbed her left knee and appeared to be in severe pain.
The Manipuri had to be carried out of the ring, with Nitu being announced the winner via RSCI (Referee Stops Contest due to injury).
The London Olympics bronze medalist, whose left knee was heavily bandaged after the fall, was later taken to hospital for scans.
The multiple-time Asian gold medalist had last competed at the Tokyo Olympics, where she reached the preliminary quarters before retiring with a hard-fought loss.
Mary Kom, India’s most decorated boxer, had decided to ditch the World Championships, which ended last month, and the now-postponed Asian Games to focus on the CWG, to be held in Birmingham next month. next.


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