The little girl Mary Kom finally proved herself. She might not be good at studies, but she is the best at what she does best, Boxing. Mr. Mangte TonpaKom never allowed her daughter what she actually wanted to do. He wanted her to study. Mary Kom kept crying in front of her father. But he was determined by his decision, Boxing is not a sport for women, it’s for men. Specially, he doesn’t have a very good financial strength. By working in the fields of Jhum he can’t let his daughter keep such dreams in mind. She must study to be successful in her future, just like everyone does. Mr. Kom always remained much tensed with her daughter’s poor performances in her studies. He scolded her and told her to study carefully. But nothing changed; her grades did not improve, but gone worse.

MC May Kom tried to convince her father that she is not meant for studies, she can’t take the pressure of all these huge books, she doesn’t like all these stuffs. She loves Boxing, and that is she wants to do. But Mr. Kom was determined at what he decided. He told his daughter that these dreams are good for fairy tales, but they can’t be converted into reality. The little girl never argued with her father. But what would he say now? She has proven her father wrong. She has proved that she is no ordinary human being. She has the ability to become a superstar.

The newspaper remained in the left hand of Mr. Kom just as it was. There is a photograph of the champion of Manipur State Women’s Boxing champion of year 2000. There was no one else in the photograph, but her daughter. He could not control his emotions. He has been defeated, defeated by his own blood. But this defeat gave him the biggest pleasure of his life. Mr. Kom put his right hand over his daughter’s head in a traditional Indian ashirvad style and said, ‘Go my child, fulfill your dream, live your life.’ The little girl was no one else but the pride of India, Mary Kom.

The name of the great Mary Kom came into highlight as he surprised the World in the 2012 Summer Olympics. The Magnificent Mary Kom had been already a star who has a long list of achievements. But the problem of our Indian media is, they don’t give enough attention to which actually deserved the attention of the people. If we go through a quick survey of Mary Kom’s achievement list, we shall understand how special she is, and she is a bigger persona than all of those overhyped and overrated people who are the center of most of the Indian Media’s nowadays. Only at the age of 18, Mary Kom came out second in the Women’s World Armature Boxing Championship held in Scranton, Pennsylvania of The United States of America.

Just over a year, she came out as the champion of the same event held in Antalya, Turkey. She never stopped, success always kissed her hands. It was never so easy for a little girl from poor financial belongings to reach this far. We have to agree that she had a god gifted talent which carried her to the stars. She always had a keen interest in athletics, once in her childhood, when she experienced the epic performance  of Dingko Singh it inspired her. She started her training under M. Narjit Singh who was the state Boxing coach at Khuman, Lampak, Imphal. Nowadays she uses to be an idol of many children in India along with her two twin sons. She is a responsible mother of her children, and a loving and faithful wife of her husband Onler Kom. Probably this is something we call, a perfect woman. Just like a proud Indian she is, the whole India is proud of the magnificent Mary too. We pray to the almighty that she lives a long life and make her country proud.

List of Mary Kom’s achievements :

Year Place Competition Weight Location
2001 Second Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships 48 Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
2002 First Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships 45  Antalya, Turkey
2002 First Witch Cup 46 Pécs, Hungary
2003 First Asian Women’s Championships 46 Hisar, India
2004 First Women’s World Cup 46 Tønsberg, Norway
2005 First Asian Women’s Championships 46 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2005 First Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championship 46 Podolsk, Russia
2006 First Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships 46 New Delhi, India
2006 First Venus Women’s Box Cup 46 Vejle, Denmark
2008 First Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships 46 Ningbo, China
2008 Second Asian Women’s Championships 46 Guwahati, India
2019 First Asian Indoor Games 46 Hanoi, Vietnam
2010 First Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships 48 Bridgetown, Barbados
2010 First Asian Women’s Championships 46 Astana, Kazakhstan
2010 Third Asian Games 51 Guangzhou, China
2011 First Asian Women’s Cup 48 Haikou, China
2011 First Asian Women’s Championships 51 Ulan Bator, Mongolia
2012 Third Summer Olympics 51 London,  United Kingdom

National :

  • Gold – 1st Women Nat. Boxing Championship, Chennai 6–12.2.2001
  • The East Open Boxing Champ, Bengal 11–14.12.2001
  • 2nd Sr World Women Boxing Championship, New Delhi 26–30.12.2001
  • National Women Sort Meet, N. Delhi 26–30.12.2001
  • 32nd National Games, Hyderabad 2002
  • 3rd Sr World Women Boxing Champ, Aizawl 4–8.3.2003
  • 4th Sr WWBC, Kokrajar, Assam 24–28.2.2004
  • 5th Sr WWBC, Kerala 26–30.12.2004
  • 6th Sr WWBC, Jamshedpur 29 November-3.12.2005
  • 10th WNBC, Jamshedpur lost QF by 1–4 on 5.10.2009

Awards and Recognitions :

  • Padma Bhushan (Sports), 2013
  • Arjuna Award (Boxing), 2003
  • Padma Shree (Sports), 2006
  • Contender for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2007
  • People of the Year- Limca Book of Records, 2007
  • CNN-IBN & Reliance Industries’ Real Heroes Award 14.4. 2008 Mon
  • Pepsi MTV Youth Icon 2008
  • ‘Magnificent Mary’, AIBA 2008
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, 2009[30][31]
  • International Boxing Association’s Ambassador for Women’s Boxing 2009 (TSE 30 July 2009 Thur)
  • Sportswoman of the year 2010, Sahara Sports Award

For the Bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics :

  • 50 lakh (US$86,0 00) cash award from the Rajasthan Government.
  • 50 lakh (US$86,000) cash award and two acres of land from the Manipur Government.
  • 20 lakh (US$34,000) cash award from the Assam Government.
  • 10 lakh (US$17,000) cash award from the Arunachal Pradesh Government.
  • 10 lakh (US$17,000) cash award from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (India).
  • 40 lakh (US$69,000) cash award from the North Eastern Council.

States courtesy : Wikipedia*

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