India is proud to be the home to the world’s best female boxer, our very own Mary Kom hailing from Manipur.
Success never comes easy and although Kom might make it look all too easy, there were a lot of sacrifices that she put into her career that made her what she is today. If you are looking to be inspired, then her life story is full of such instances which will fuel your courage and ambition- because this remarkable lady truly faced a lot. Here are some things that you should know about her.
a) She won a medal in her first tournament – Not many people are aware of the fact that when she appeared on the scene as an 18-year-old she showed the world what she was capable of. She went into the World Amateur Boxing Championship as an outsider who might just make up the numbers but she surprised everyone when she ended up winning the silver medal in her category.
b) She left school to pursue boxing – Kom discontinued her education from the seventh stnandard, giving exams in private and focusing all her time on boxing.
c) She didn’t get meals that a boxer deserved – For first five years as an athlete Kom struggled to put such meals on the table as an Olympic boxer deserved, given their strenuous training.
d) She is the only player to have been given a nickname by a sports association – After her outstanding performances in the year 2007, the International Amateur Boxing Association realized that she had made a telling contribution in creating interest in women’s boxing and in her honor she was given the nickname ‘Magnificent Mary’.
e) She continued boxing after becoming the mother of two – Kom continued with her career after having given birth to two children proving that she is an absolute role model for all men and women in the country!
f) She is also a member of the Manipur Rajya Sabha.
g) She owns the record for winning the World amateur boxing for six times.