New Delhi, Dec 1 (PTI) Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom has resigned as the national observer for Indian boxing after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore made it clear that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position.”I resigned as national observer 10 days ago after having a word with Mr Rathore. I had been requested to take up the position, it was not something I had asked for,” Mary Kom, who claimed her fifth Asian Championships gold medal last month, told PTI today.”I had inquired about the rule on not having active athletes as observers with the then Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas when it was offered to me,” she explained, reacting to insinuation that her appointment smacked of conflict of interest given that she is still an active national camper.”But at that time, I was told that I should nonetheless accept the position. I did so on insistence of the Ministry and I dont want unnecessary controversies about something that I had not asked for.”The 35-year-old Olympic bronze-medallist was among 12 national observers appointed by the then Sports Minister Vijay Goel in March.The list also includes the likes of Olympic-gold- medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra, double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar and former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Akhil Kumar among others.Of these, Sushil and Mary Kom are still active in their respective sports. Akhil, on the other hand, is no longer a part of the national camp after giving up amateur boxing.He has already rejected the conflict of interest charge, saying that he is neither a beneficiary of government schemes nor a part of the national camp.advertisement”I was never interested in this but accepted the position because I had been requested. I have my hands full with a lot of things. I am happy to let it go and have no complaints,” said Mary Kom.The decorated boxer is also a Rajya Sabha MP and is in contention for the Commonwealth and Asian Games next year. PTI PM ATK PM
Maybe Oklahoma State should try and hire Kansas football coach David Beaty to run its public relations if he’s ever fired up in Lawrence. Beaty talked glowingly about the Pokes in his weekly presser. A sampling below.On OSU’s defenseI think they’re very good on defense. That’s something that I noticed. They average almost 10 TFLs a game, 9.8 a game, which is pretty rare. We had 9 this week, and man, I don’t know if I’ve been a part of a game like that very often. There’s 9-point-something TFLs. Man, that’s a lot. Those guys create some havoc and they get in your back field.On Emmanuel ogbah“That defensive end is really good. He leads the Big 12 in sacks. He’s one of the top guys in the country. I think he’s fifth in the country. Their defense, period, is one of the top leaders in sacks. So they create some pressure on your quarterback, which gives you some problems.”On OSU’s offense“Offensively, they’re also very good. They’re explosive. The quarterback makes them go, Mason Rudolph, makes good decisions. You can tell he’s a veteran guy. He’s good. Got a good arm. He knows where to go with the ball. He knows what he’s doing offensively. He manages the game well.”On David glidden“I think their receiver, the (David) Glidden kid, is a guy that isn’t talked about enough in our conference. That guy is very, very talented. He’s very efficient. We’ve got to know where that guy is at all times. We’ve got to know where that guy is at all times.On the run game“I know that they pass the ball really, really well. I think they’re 17th in the country or something in passing yardage, but they run the ball pretty decent now. It’s not what you think on paper. I’m as worried about their running game as I am about their passing game.“They have good backs. They have capable guys, and they’re pretty dadgum good up front now. Those guys will knock you off the ball.”On finding a way to win“They’ve played some good teams, now. They really have, and they’ve learned how to win some tough games, and that’s the thing I think that’s most impressive of these guys is they’ve found a way to win all three of those conference games and they easily could have went the other way, but you see the veteran in them that doesn’t allow that to happen.“And they played a good Kansas State team that usually comes out on the other side of those, and for those guys to stick their heels in the ground and win that game, that was impressive to me, because the other team, Kansas State, had been the team that I always looked to for that in those close games. And they won another one the other day in overtime. They’re a team that scares you because they know how to win in every situation.”On Mason rudolph“I think that’s helped them in the red zone defensively; and offensively, the quarterback knows where to go with the ball. I mean when you watch that tape, pay attention to that guy’s eyes and watch his eyes go from read to read to read and him be able to pull it right at the right time and get it to the open guy. He’s very efficient, and I think that’s been really good.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!