While the trials for 51kg were scheduled for Tuesday, but the BFI selection committee changed its mind. Upon which Asian Championships’ bronze medalist Nikhat Zareen complained that the federation picked MC Mary Kom and Lovlina Borgohain without conducting trials for the 51kg and 69kg categories to select the squad for the World Championships in Russia in October.
Zareen wrote to the Boxing Federation of India president Ajay Singh, “As per our discussion yesterday and your assurance that my bout for the 51kg for the World Championships trials will surely happen today, I’m surprised to see that the schedule list which was circulated this (Wednesday) morning, my name and weight category doesn’t feature. This is in light of the fact that yesterday my name and weight category was there in the schedule (and) was supposed to be the first bout. Still at the last moment, we were told by all of you officials that my fight with Vanduatilal of All India Police will not take place. I request an urgent explanation as to what is happening and what is the final decision in this regard.”