Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom will skip this year's national women's boxing championships as she wants some new names to take centre stage in the domestic arena.
Mary Kom's last appearance in a National Championship was way back in 2008 in Agra [ Images ] when she clinched gold in the 46kg category.
She missed the 2009 and 2010 editions since she was spending time with her new-born twins.
"I will not compete in the national championships this year because I want youngsters to come up," the five-time world champion said on Saturday, on the sidelines of the announcement of her Boxing Academy in Greater Noida.
The ninth senior national women's boxing championships will commence in Guwahati on Sunday.
"I have heard that the International Boxing Association might include the 48kg category in the 2016 editions. If that happens, it would be easier for me to participate," said the diminutive Manipuri, who was lone Indian in fray when women's boxing made its Olympic debut in London.