- MC Mary Kom is a 6 time world champion
- Mary Kom won bronze medal in London Olympics
- Manipur’s Mary Kom is participating in the Olympics for the second time
Indian veteran female boxer MC Mary Kom is a strong contender for medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Famously known as the 6-time world champion ‘Super Mom’, Mary Kom will start her campaign in the Tokyo Olympics against Miguelina Hernandez of Dominica on Sunday (July 25).
In the next round, Marie will face Colombia’s third seed Lorena Victoria Valencia. Mary Kom is participating in the Olympics for the second time. London Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom is the mother of three children. Mary will compete in the 51kg category in Tokyo.
The 38-year-old Mary Kom from Manipur was the flag bearer of the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games. Mary Kom qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by reaching the semi-finals of the Asia/Oceania Qualifiers in March 2020. Mary Kom is probably the last Olympics.
Coach Chhote Lal gave some tips in lockdown
The Tokyo Olympics may have been postponed for a year, but even in lockdown, the coaches were preparing the players daily. Mary Kom’s coach Chhotelal Yadav had told that even though he is not with Mary Kom right now, he was giving her tips through video calls daily. Not only Mary Kom, other boxers were also preparing in the same way.
During the lockdown, the coach had told that we send a week’s schedule in one go. Chhotelala said, ‘I send the schedule of every week to Mary Kom. She has also been told that she has to send videos of training and she always sends it too. Then I look at him and if I feel that something is not done right, then I call him and tell him that it has to be done not like this. Then I send all the videos to the federation.
Mary Kom has been honored with these awards
In the year 2003, Mary Kom was awarded the Arjuna Award. Was given the Padma Shri award in 2006. On 29 June 2009, he was given the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the highest award in Indian sports.
…then used to work in the fields with father
Mary Kom was born in a poor family. Till growing up, Mary Kom worked in the fields with her parents. While studying in school, she was interested in many sports. She used to participate in hockey, football and athletics, but surprisingly she did not have a close association with boxing.
Inspired by Dinko Singh
In 1998, when Dinko Singh of Manipur won gold in the Asian Games, he also got inclined towards boxing. A film has also been made in Bollywood about Mary Kom, in which actress Priyanka Chopra played the role of Mary Kom.