New Delhi, Oct. 17 -- Nikhat Zareen was sombre. Disappointment was palpable in her voice. "All I am asking for is a fair chance (trials) which I was promised by the federation (Boxing Federation of India)," she said after being informed of trials being scratched for 51kg division and MC Mary Kom getting a direct berth to represent India in the Tokyo Olympics qualification event early next year.

"Suddenly, everyone is ignoring me. My father spoke to a BFI official today and he said sorry, 'I can't help because BFI president (Ajai Singh) has taken the decision'. I was given a guarantee that the selection policy will not be changed."

Mary Kom, 36, the 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist, is eyeing another medal bid, having just claimed bro...