The Magnificient Mary Kom: Man Of The North East

By Arpita Gulyani

Mary Kom, a Magnificent Mary of India, is a most prominent Indian boxer who has won five-time World Boxing championship and only Indian woman boxer who won a medal for each of the world championships. She ranks No. 4 AIBA World Women’s Ranking for the Flyweight category. She reached to this success in her by facing a lot of struggles came in front of her. As she belongs to the simple community, she has to face a lot for getting such big achievements. A biopic movie on her career has been confirmed by the Sanjay Leela Bhansali which is being starring by the Priyanka Chopra.

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Mary Kom, the famous Indian boxer, belongs to the tribal community of the India’s north eastern state, Manipur. She was born at Kangathei Village, Moirang Lamkhai. She got inspiration from the Manipuri male boxer named Dingko Singh. Although, she was interested towards the Martial arts ad boxing from her early childhood.

Since, the boxing is not considered as the proper sport for the woman therefore initially she tried to keep her boxing interest secret from her family. First time she came into the boxing to support her family financially. She got famous publically when she won the First State Level Invitation women’s boxing championship in the Manipur in the year 2000 as a best boxer.

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From that time she began to play the boxing at the international level at her 18 which brought her getting various medals and honors. Once upon a time, she had stolen her luggage and passport on the way of going to the selection camp in the Bangkok, Thailand for her first Asian Women’s Boxing Championships, but she never lost her patience even promised herself for working hard.

images (12)She was the first woman ever when she         got the prestigious award of the India          named Arjuna award in the year 2003           for her great accomplishment in the             boxing. She plays the boxing using her        own strategy and never let her             opponent to get their arms free. Her short height works as an advantage for her by making her opponents to run a lot in the boxing ring which makes them tired. It is known as she works hard at least five to six hours daily to maintain herself healthy and fit. She got a lot of success in her boxing career and tries to appreciate her best to the new comers in the boxing career in Manipur.

I still remember I was castigated by my father who said with a battered and bruised face, I should not expect to get married. He was furious that I took to boxing – a taboo for women – and he did not have the slightest idea about it. But my passion for the sport had got the better of me and I thank my cousins who coaxed and cajoled my father into eventually giving his nod. I’m happy that I did not let anybody down,” she told.


Awards and recognitions:

  • Arjuna Award (Boxing) in 2003
  • Padma Shree (Sports) in 2006
  • Contender for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2007
  • People of the Year – Limca Book of Records in 2007
  • CNN-IBN & Reliance Industries’ Real Heroes Award in 2008
  • Pepsi MTV Youth Icon in 2008
  • ‘Magnificent Mary’, AIBA in 2008
  • Felicitation by Zomi Students’ Federation (ZSF) at New Lamka YPA Hall in 2008
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2009
  • International Boxing Association’s Ambassador for Women’s Boxing in 2009

Sportswoman of the year, Sahara Sports Award in 2010

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