Bangalore: Mission has finally accomplished for the star Indian boxer, Mary Kom who had won the Bronze Medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games and thus creating history for being the first Indian Women Boxer to have won a medal in the Olympics. Mary Kom had to settle with a bronze as she went down fighting in the semi finals against Britain’s Nicola Adams.
It is impossible to imagine that Mary Kom would one day rise and become a World Boxing Champion. Kom was born in Manipur and was brought up in a poor family. Her parents earned their livelihood by working and being engaged in field works. Being the eldest, Mary helped her parents by working in the field, cutting woods and making charcoal. On the other hand, she had spent a quality time looking after her two younger sisters and a brother. Her family background speaks a lot of how Mary overcame hardship and inconveniences and created a name for herself in the arena of World Boxing.Mary Kom was interested in sports since her childhood. She took a keen interest in athletics during her school days. She thought that she would become a good athlete one day and make a name for herself one day in athletics. But fate decided otherwise. When she came to Imphal to complete her studies, she found out about woman boxing. Kom tried to hide her interest from her family, since boxing at that time was not considered a suitable sport for women. Her parents were against her idea and were reluctant to let her fight. However, a victory in the Manipur Women State Championships in 2000, her parents gave her the green signal to fight.
Mary’s determination and potential made the Manipur State coaches Shri Narjit Singh and Shri Kishen Singh to take her under their wings. She had to undergo a rigorous amount training everyday to get in shape for the London Olympics.
In 2005, Manipur Government gave her the post of Sub-inspector of Police. She was promoted to inspector of police in 2008 and again promoted to the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police in 2010. She was also given a house at the National Games Village without any cost for her outstanding performance.
Mary’s humble beginning from her village and her fame through continents of the world is a mere fairy tale. However, it was Mary’s determination and ‘Never-Say-Die attitude with which she was able to make laurels for her country.