The Indian Olympic medalist, lady Boxer, MC Mary Kom has got the response from the sports ministry for founding the boxing institute in Imphal. The Union sports ministry has approved a grant of Rs. 309.56 lakh in principle to MC Mary Kom for setting up her boxing institute. The grant is to be given from the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) in installments on fulfilling certain conditions. Also the state government offered 3.30 acres of land for the boxing institute at the Meitei Langol area in Imphal. By thanking sports ministry she said “We are happy that the sports ministry has approved the fund for setting up my foundation. Once the structure of the foundation is completed, we will surely produce numerous boxers, who will make our country proud”.

Mary has already begun ground work to construct a small indoor hall and a boxing ring at the allotted land to ensure her students undergo training smoothly during monsoon. Mary Kom’s foundation is a trust and non-profit sports academy, especially meant for the underprivileged youths. She said that “The foundation is not for me. It is for the state and the entire nation. The foundation will help boxers from poor families showcase their hidden talents to the world and win laurels for the country. This has been my dream since I began by boxing career and also hailed from a poor family”. Expressing her desire to appoint coaches who possess degrees and have excelled in national and international championships she said that “Since the ministry has extended its help to our foundation, we have begun discussion on appointment of the best coaches and other staff. We are also confident that the ministry will continue to help us to ensure that the foundation produces good boxers”. In 2006, Mary Kom established a Regional Boxing Foundation in her village in Imphal. Now she spends nearly Rs. 60,000/- per month for the foundation, from where 30 poor students are belonging to different communities from various parts of the state, are getting their training. She also hoped that the foundation will receive aid from others too.

 

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