Five time World Champion MC Mary Kom, who became the first Indian woman boxer to win a gold medal in Asian Games was named the Most Valuable Player of the Indian Contingent that went for the 2014 Asian Games. Mary Kom clinched a Gold Medal in the flyweight (51kg) category. All the 11 individual/team gold winners, including the men’s hockey team, were in the Poll contest which Mary Kom won.
Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, pistol shooter Jitu Rai, discus thrower Seema Punia, 4x400m relay runner M R Poovamma were among those gold winners who turned up for the felicitation event. None of the members of gold-winning men’s hockey team turned up for the felicitation event while the Indian Olympic Association was represented by its treasurer Anil Khanna. Khanna said IOA president N. Ramachandran and Secretary General Rajeev Mehta could not make it to the event as they had some “prior engagements”.
Mary Kom said the gold in the Asian Games had proved that she can still be in her top form despite being a mother of three children.
“Many people had doubted whether I would be able to win a gold in the Asian Games at this situation. First, it is difficult in our society to continue this kind of sport after having three children,” said the five-time world champion. “There is a mindset that a woman after becoming a mother cannot achieve success in sport. But I think I have proven wrong this kind of thinking and mindset,” she said.
Reflecting on her moments of glory in the final bout in Incheon, she said, “When I was inside the ring, I don’t think of whether I may lose or win. I just think of giving my best. “I won a medal in 2010 Games in Guangzhou also when women’s boxing was introduced in the Asian Games. Now I have returned with gold. I am really happy to have become the first Indian woman boxer to have won gold in the Asian Games,” she said.
India won 11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze in the Incheon Asian Games.