Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom on Tuesday questioned the rationale behind the rule which did not allow her to lodge a protest after her semifinal loss in the recent World Championships. “Our protest was not considered as it was a 1-4 verdict. I don’t know what this rule is, that you cannot file an appeal if it is 1-4,” Mary Kom said on the sidelines of a felicitation function by the Sports Ministry.Also Read - Sunil Chhetri: Playing For 19 Years Primary Reason Behind my Khel Ratna

“If deserving winners are made to lose, it does not do any good to the sport,” said the 36-year-old who won her maiden 51kg medal, a bronze, in the just-concluded World Championships in Russia. Also Read - President Ram Nath Kovind Confers Khel Ratna Award 2021 on 12 Elite Sportspersons: Neeraj Chopra to Mithali Raj

After Mary Kom lost her semifinal bout 1-4 to Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey, India lodged a protest but it was turned down by the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) technical committee. The rules mandate that the decision has to be either 3-2 or 3-1 for an appeal to be even accepted for consideration. Also Read - Khel Ratna Award: Twelve Athletes to be Awarded With Prestigious Sports Award, Manpreet Singh Makes the Cut

Asked if there was any bias against her in the decision, she said, “Of course, there was something fishy but I don’t know what exactly is that.” “I was sad and shocked but I could not do anything,” said the brand ambassador of the AIBA.

Just after the semifinal loss, she had said that it was an unacceptable result and could never imagine something like that would happen to her. Mary Kom said she was in the best shape during the World Championships and her performance has renewed her confidence that she can do better at the Tokyo Olympics.

“Despite the semifinal loss, the World Championship was good preparation for the road ahead. I was in the best shape and I found the right balance for 51kg category in this World Championship. This has given me confidence that I can do much better in the Olympics,” she added.

Manju Rani, who won a silver in 48kg, and other bronze winners Jamuna Boro (54kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) were also felicitated. Manju’s category is not included in the Tokyo Olympics and she said she “will jump weight if 48kg is not there in the 2024 Olympics.” “Olympics is my target, let us see,” said the 20-year-old Haryana boxer who won the silver in her debut World Championships.