Kom said she realised she’d lost after reading tweets by former sports minister and current Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju.
Rijiju opined that Kom was the “clear winner” in the pre-quarterfinals, Indian Express reported.
“Dear Mary Kom, you lost in Tokyo Olympics by just one point but for me you are always a champion! You have achieved what no other female boxer in the world has ever achieved. You are a legend. India is proud of you. Boxing and Olympics will miss you,” the former sports minister said in a tweet.
The 38-year-old was competing at her second Olympics after missing the Rio games and while she had a reply for every punch by her 32-year-old opponent, the 3:2 split decision verdict went against her.
Kom had beaten the Colombian opponent in the quarter-finals of the World Championships 5:0, in 2019, but lost the first round on Thursday as Ingrit was quick to take advantage.
The Colombian 32-year-old, who won bronze at the Rio Olympic Games, took 10 points each from four of…