Boxer Sarita Devi to take call on retirement after Tokyo Olympics

Boxer Sarita Devi to take call on retirement after Tokyo Olympics
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Former world champion boxer Sarita Devi said on Friday she will take a call on her retirement after next Year's Olympic Games, where she hopes to make a last-ditch effort to win an elusive medal.

New Delhi (PTI): Former world champion boxer Sarita Devi said on Friday she will take a call on her retirement after next Year's Olympic Games, where she hopes to make a last-ditch effort to win an elusive medal.

The 37-year-old Sarita has three World Championships medal -- a gold in 2006 and a bronze each in 2005 and 2008. She has also won five Asian C'ships gold and a bronze and a silver in the Asian Games (2014 Incheon) and Commonwealth Games (2014 Glasgow) respectively.

But an Olympic medal has remained elusive for the lightweight (60kg category) boxer from Manipur and she is desperate to win that in Tokyo before drawing curtains on her career.

"I am still continuing boxing for only one reason -- Olympic medal. I have won medals in all competitions that I had participated. Only an Olympic medal is missing in my cupboard and I am desperate to get that in Tokyo," Sarita told PTI.

Asked about her retirement plans, she said: "I can't tell anything now. I will take a decision on my career after the Tokyo Olympics." Sarita and the legendary Mary Kom will spearhead a strong 10-member Indian contingent in the women's World Boxing C'ships in Ulan Ude, Russia from October 3 to 13.

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