An inspiring woman to the world, a mother, a warrior, a boxing legend who became the most successful woman boxer in the world, the magnificent MC Mary Kom. This legend has battled far more in her life than we have seen her fighting in the ring. She had to face so many obstacles in her life including gender bias, but all that never deterred her will power and she never gave up on her dreams.
Mary Kom took a keen interest in athletics since her childhood. She tried to hide her interest from her family. Her family came to know it through a newspaper when she won Manipur state woman boxing championship in 2000.
Mangte Chungeijang Mary Kom affectionately known as Mary Kom is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven World Championships. She is the only woman to become world amateur boxing champion for a record six times.
Mary Kom was born in Manipur, India on 1st March, 1983. She is the ambassador of Northeast region. In 2001, she started competing at the international level. She was only 18 years old when she made her international debut at the first AIBA women’s world boxing championship in United States and she continued her winning till 2006.
Post her marriage, Mary Kom took a short break from boxing. People thought her career ended but after becoming a mother she started her training and she continued to challenge her own abilities and worked even more harder for her passion and she won a silver medal in the 2008 Asian women’s boxing championship in India and in 2009 she won a gold medal at the Asian indoor games in Vietnam.
The only major international event, that Kom had not seen a medal was in Commonwealth games.
In 2018, she earned the gold medal gracefully on 24 November 2018, even at the age of 36, and the mother of 3, created history by becoming the first woman to win 6 world championships. Kom is also an animal activist and supporter of PETA India. She appealed to us by a TV advertisement to stop using elephants in circuses.
For her contribution in sports, she was awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award (2009), Padma Shri (2006), Padma Bhusan (2013).
In 2014, a biopic of Mary Kom, acted by none other than one of the most successful actresses of bollywood, the Global star beautiful Priyanka Chopra. She presented Mary Kom’s journey so beautifully in the screen that every woman of this world can relate their own hardels with Mary Kom.
India’s pride Kom has no plans to retire and she is training hard to fulfill her dream of winning gold medal at 2020 Tokyo Olympics for India. She inspires us if being a mother of three she can achieve so much things in her life, we all can also achieve our dreams. We can take her as an example to not to give up on our dreams. She deserves our heartiest respect and love. As an Indian, we should be grateful to her for achieving so much for our nation and making our country proud.
By Progati Mukherjee