The celebrated M C Mary Kom was back in her preferred 48kg category as she staved off the challenge from younger competitors to clinch a place in the Indian team for Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in Vietnam. L Sarita Devi (64kg) also made the cut despite trying their luck in changed weight categories.
The marquee continental event is scheduled from November 2 to 11 in the Ho Chi Minh City.
Mary Kom, a five-time world champion who had jumped a division to 51kg back in 2010 after it was included in the Asian and Olympic Games roster, will be making her sixth Asian Championships appearance.
Sarita, 35, also has five Asian Championships medals against her name, four of them gold.
Both Mary Kom and Sarita had missed the 2015 edition, in which India failed to secure a single gold, ending with a silver and five bronze medals instead.