October 5 - The Indian Boxing Federation have suspened Mary Kom, the four-time world champion and one of the favourites for an Olympic gold medal at London in 2012, for "unsporting behaviour" at the National Championships in Jamshedpur.

Kom, representing the All India Police Board (AIPB), lost her temper after losing to Pinky Jingra in the quarter-finals.
Kom, who was recently awarded with country's highest sports prize - the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna - for her achievements at the international level, lost 1-4 on count back after she finished 15-15 with the 20-year-old in the light-flyweight category.

Kom, a 27-year-old mother of two, then allegedly used "unsporting" language against the judges.

She was suspended till October 27 from all boxing activities following an emergency meeting of the IBF.

Anil Boidar, the joint-secretary of IBF, claimed the judges declared Jingra the winner because of of better technique, defence and style.

Boidar said: "Being a senior player, Kom should have taken the defeat sportingly, but her behaviour was uncalled for."

There are high hopes that with the introduction of women's boxing at London 2012 Kom will become the first Indian to win an indvidudal Olympic gold medal.

She won the World Championship title again in 2005 and 2006 and came back in 2008  from a two-year sabbatical after the birth of her twins to clinch her fourth gold medal in Ningbo City, China, a feat that prompted the world governing body AIBA to describe her as "Magnificent Mary".

Kom, who is from Manipur, claimed that her suspension showed she was the victim of a conspiracy and "regional dicrimination".

She said: "The pugilists, both men and women from the North-East, are being treated indifferently by a section of IBF officials."