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Updated: August 24, 2012 03:06 IST

Mary Kom sets her sights on 2016 Olympics

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Mary Kom
Mary Kom

I will surely win a gold in Rio de Janeiro, If they have 46 kg and 48 kg categories

Even as she is basking in the glory of her Olympics victory in the 2012 Games, boxer Mary Kom, who bagged a bronze medal, has already set her sights on the next Olympics in 2016.

“I will try to give my best in Rio de Janeiro. If they have 46 kg and 48 kg categories then I will surely win a gold, if not I will give my best,” she said at a felicitation ceremony organised by the Edelweiss Group on Thursday.

After the Olympics medal life has not been the same again. “I have completed 12 years of boxing. There was little recognition earlier. It was a challenge to face comparisons with other sportspersons. But now I like the fact that I am recognised. My dream has been fulfilled. In the Beijing Olympics, only men won medals. So, I am happy to have won a medal,” she told journalists.

Ms. Kom said she was the first medal winner from the northeast. “I am happy that youngsters from the northeast will be motivated by my achievement.”

Responding to a question from the media on the strife in Assam and exodus of people from the northeast, Ms. Kom voiced a message of peace. Ms. Kom underlined the attitude of men towards women boxers as her first challenge when she took up the sport.

“Boxing is not easy. When I started, my male friends would say it is not a woman’s sport. But I say if men can do it then why not women.”

Ms. Kom said marriage and motherhood also posed as a challenge to her. “When I had two children even my father did not believe in me, let alone others. However, my family’s love and support helped me to reach my dream.”

The tough boxer was moved and in tears when she expressed her gratitude to all Indians for their support. “I was surprised,” she remarked, “that everybody, from all religions, was praying for me. I am thankful for that.”

Ms. Kom’s husband Onler Kom said, “Everyone thinks she made it because of my support, but I am just doing my ‘homework.’ Because of my love for Mary, I can cook and wash and do everything. She says, ‘If men can do it why not women?’ And I say if women can do it, why not men?”

Asked if she would like to see her twin sons become sportspersons, especially boxing, Ms. Kom replied, “Yes, I would be very happy. As it is they fight a lot.”

Hoping that the next Olympics has more weight categories, Ms. Kom said she would continue her fitness training. Her doctor Nikhil Latey, who attended the event, said Ms. Kom’s “best weight” was 46 kg.

“It was a massive effort to move her from a lower to higher weight category. She was fighting opponents who weighed 54 kg and were four inches taller than her and yet she managed a bronze. She works very hard and also loves to sleep,” he said.

The Edelweiss Group presented Ms. Kom a life insurance policy of Rs. 2 crore. Group Chairman and CEO Rashesh Shah said Ms. Kom was an inspiration as an athlete as well as a human being.

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M c Mary Kom's rise from ashes to a sporting icon of the world not only as woman boxer who won a bronze medal in London
Olympics for her country but as a symbol of the spirit that induced human race through the ages to fight odds and march forward to the path of progress. Mary Kom not only symbolises that spirit she also has set an example from which people all over the world will draw inspiration to surge forward not only in the field of of sport also to other fields of human activity as well.
From collecting fire wood and helping parents as a farm hand to becoming a boxer of international repute was a long and arduous journey.This is an achievement perhaps unprecedented in the world of sport.She had almost none to help her out in the initial stages of her journey Once Maradona , a slum dweller,was spotted as a foot baller of extra-ordinary skill did not have to look back to solicit help from anyone .Football-crazy Argintina took care of him and polish him as the best footballer world has ever produced.Usain Bolt and Phelps are great achievers too but do not represent the spirit Mary C kom represents.She is pride not only of India but of the world at large .Her life story is testimony to that.She not only is an achiever she is an example for the human society to emulate.No praise is enough to eulogise her achievement.

from:  Anil Kumar Choudhury
Posted on: Aug 24, 2012 at 21:09 IST

Mary Kom deserves special praise for the way she fought through
various unfavourable circumstances; right from being a women
sportsperson in a country where sports is not given due
importance,being from one of the most neglected parts of the country,
having to move from her weight division to compete in the Olympics,
motherhood and family obligations etc. Her husband and family deserve
special praise for having supported her. Her zeal is evident when she
remarks about her children and to make them sportspersons. Though
comparisons with Sania is bound to happen, the fact remains that both
sports divisions are totally different. Badminton is a far more
popular sport than boxing and the competition is also much more
tougher than Women's Boxing. Being a more visible sport the accolades
would be much more in Badminton. Rather than an unfair comparison
between the champions we should celebrate the champions and if
possible encourage talented youngsters to take up sports as far as
possible.

from:  J Joseph Tharun
Posted on: Aug 24, 2012 at 20:50 IST

If men can fight in the 48 KG class there is no reason why that class does not exist for women. Mary is an outstanding boxer in the 48 KG class. In the 52 KG class she was simply outclassed by Nicola Adams. I admire Mary was. She shouldn't be fighting in the 52 KG class.

from:  Hilary Pais
Posted on: Aug 24, 2012 at 15:40 IST

A sports realm where things, circumstances and public gantry mainly favour men folk to excel,an extraordinary upcoming that is Mary kom.
mary's accomplishment stands exceptional as it is the hard earned fruit of a relentless struggle and fight against all the odds.We are really proud of you Mary kom and wish you reach new heights.

However, amidst of all colours and grandeur of the achievement the dark areas of neglect these sports persons face are not too insignificant to neglect.While ,the performance of born with silver spoon Naina Saival is praised to the sky even through social net working sites ,the poor sports persons like Mary kom has not been given the due respect.Some posts of Suchin's presentation of BMW car to Saina , if genuine, shows a grim picture of pople's mentality and of sad saga of neglignece to the deserved.
Just before every olympics, we open our eyes,raise some hues and cries and do some namesake efforts .Can't the skilled be trained providing facilities?

from:  Pallikunnil Divakaran
Posted on: Aug 24, 2012 at 11:00 IST
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