Inspiring Women Achievers

“You are more powerful than you know; you are”- Mary Kom

“This medal is very special to me just like all other medals I have won because it has its own story of struggles. Every medal I have won is a story of a difficult struggle. I am hoping this medal, which has come after I became an MP, will enhance my reputation even further. I hope my stature grows” – Mary Kom after winning gold medals at the continental meet in the Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh.

When Mary Kom was 15, she took the decision to leave her hometown to study at the Sports academy in the state capital Imphal. Thereafter she trained under the Manipur State Boxing Coach M. Narjit Singh, at Khuman Lampak, Imphal. But Kom kept her passion in boxing a secret from her father. Her father was concerned that boxing would hurt Kom’s face and spoil her chances of marriage. Father of Mary Kom learnt of her passion when Kom’s photo appeared in a newspaper after she won the state boxing championship in 2000. After three years, her father began to support Kom’s pursuits in boxing as he was convinced that Kom‘s passion lies in boxing only.

Mary Kom is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. Nicknamed “Magnificent Mary” in the boxing fraternity, she is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal. She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women’s Ranking Flyweight category. She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea and is the first Indian Woman Boxer to win Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Kom’s coach Charles Atkinson could not join her at the Olympic Village as he didn’t possess an International Boxing Association (AIBA) 3 Star Certification. Mary Kom stood third in the competition and won an Olympic bronze medal.

An Olympic Bronze medal changed her life and Mary Kom became a household name in India.

Mary Kom has three sons, she is an MP of Rajya Sabha, she is an observer of government for boxing and still continues to fulfill all the responsibilities like a boss. She is an inspiration who started off from a very very humble family and won numerous medals at international level-

International titles
Year Place Weight Competition Location
2001 Second 48 Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships ScrantonPennsylvania, United States
2002 First 45 Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships AntalyaTurkey
2002 First 45 Witch Cup Pécs, Hungary
2003 First 46 Asian Women’s Championships Hisar, India
2004 First 41 Women’s World Cup Tønsberg, Norway
2005 First 46 Asian Women’s Championships KaohsiungTaiwan
2005 First 46 Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships Podolsk, Russia
2006 First 46 Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships New Delhi, India
2006 First 46 Venus Women’s Box Cup Vejle, Denmark
2008 First 46 Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships Ningbo, China
2008 Second 46 Asian Women’s Championships Guwahati, India
2009 First 46 Asian Indoor Games HanoiVietnam
2010 First 48 Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships BridgetownBarbados
2010 First 46 Asian Women’s Championships AstanaKazakhstan
2010 Third 51 Asian Games Guangzhou, China
2011 First 48 Asian Women’s Cup Haikou, China
2012 First 41 Asian Women’s Championships Ulan BatorMongolia
2012 Third 51 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom
2014 First 51 Asian Games IncheonSouth Korea
2017 First 48 Asian Women’s Championships Ho Chi MinhVietnam
2018 First 45-48 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, QueenslandAustralia

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She continues to inspire millions of girls in India and abroad. Mary Kom continues to train for the love of her life i.e boxing and is preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

iChhori wishes her all the very best!

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