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Mary Kom Steps Down As India’s Chef-de-Mission For Olympics, Here’s Why

Kom was selected as the chef-de-mission by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in March of this year, with the belief that she was the ideal candidate to provide guidance and support to the athletes during the Paris event.

Edited By : Shashwat Nishant | Updated: Apr 12, 2024 16:49 IST
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Mary Kom, a boxing icon, has resigned from her position as India’s chef-de-mission for the forthcoming 2024 Olympics in Paris due to personal reasons, as reported by PTI. She expressed feeling uncomfortable about stepping down but explained that she had no alternative.

Kom was selected as the chef-de-mission by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in March of this year, with the belief that she was the ideal candidate to provide guidance and support to the athletes during the Paris event. She intended to collaborate with luger Shiva Keshavan, who would serve as her deputy.

Sharath Kamal is poised to represent India as the flag-bearer at the upcoming Olympics.

What Was Mary’s Role As Chef-de-Mission?

Mary Kom’s role as the chef-de-mission was to lead and represent the national team at the Olympic Games. Kom was tasked with coordinating and overseeing all aspects of India’s participation in the Games as the team leader.

The responsibilities of the chef-de-mission encompass managing logistics, organizing travel, communicating with the host country’s Olympic organizing committee, ensuring adherence to Olympic protocols, resolving any conflicts, and offering assistance to athletes and team members during the Games. They play a pivotal role in creating optimal conditions for their country’s athletes to excel at the Olympics.

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First published on: Apr 12, 2024 04:49 PM IST

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