Let's welcome the New Year 2020 with a spirit of love and compassion: Kiren Rijiju

NEW DELHI: Minister of the Union for Youth and Sports Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday he wished a happy New Year to the country.

Let's welcome the New 2020 year with the spirit of love and compassion! On the eve of New Year we decided to do some works instead of a picnic. So, we trekked uphill to identify new Guest House and Helipad in our remote circle," Rijiju tweeted.

The minister on Monday said boxer Mary Kom is a legend and Nikhat has the potential to follow in his footsteps and added that the country is proud of both boxers.

His comments came after Mary Kom refused to shake hands with Nikhat at the end of the final round of the women's Olympic boxing qualifying events on Saturday. The six-time world champion defeated Zareen 9-1 in the 51 kg category and reserved a place for the Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifiers.

Five boxers, including Mary Kom, have secured their place for the Olympic Qualifiers.

The Asia-Oceania Olympic women's qualifiers will be held from February 3 to 14 in Wuhan, China.

Too many problems are created with this! Mary Kom is a legend who has achieved what no other boxer has achieved in the world of amateur boxing. Nikhat Zareen is an amazing boxer who has the potential to follow in the footsteps of Mary Kom. India is proud of both. Point ..., Rijiju tweeted.

Earlier this year, Zareen had demanded a 'fair chance' to contest the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers. On October 17, he had written to the Ministry of Sports challenging the decision of the Indian Boxing Federation (BFI) to accommodate the world champion Mary Kom by changing his rule to exempt the gold and silver medalists of the Copa del World.