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In 48kg fight, all was normal: Mary Kom

Six-time world champion boxer MC Mary Kom during an event by Indian Federation of Sports Gaming (IFSG) 'Stars of Tomorrow' for athlete support programme extended to 13 promising young athletes, in Mumbai, Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Mary Kom was ready with a snappy wisecrack, even fielding a first question on the sidelines of an event in which the Indian Federation of Sports Gaming (IFSG) announced an athlete-support programme named ‘Stars Of Tomorrow’ (SOT), in association with Dream 11 Foundation and GoSports Foundation.

Extending its support for the SOT programme, Dream 11 Foundation Director, Harsh Jain presented of cheque of ₹3 crore to IFSG president, John Loffhagen.

Mary was surprised when asked if her gold medal win in the World Championships recently in New Delhi was the toughest. “What a question to ask me? In 48kg category I did not face any tough matches; all was normal for me,” she quipped.

Mary generally lamented the absence of sparring partners these days. “No one wants to spar with me,” said the champion boxer who is aiming for an Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020.

At the IFSG function, she, along with Prof. Ratnakar Shetty (former BCCI CAP and GM, Game Development), Harsh Jain and Bhushan Gagrani (principal secretary, Maharashtra CM’s office), presented 13 young sportspersons with SOT programme certificates. The programme is for three years.

Viraj Madappa and Pranavi Urs (golf), Nethra Kumanan (sailing), Jaivir Singh Dhillon, Ananya Anil Dabke, Itkarsh Baheti, Yash Fadte (squash), Advait Page, Kushi Dinesh, Suvana Baskar (swimming) and Aryan Goveas, Pranjala Yadlapalli and Siddhant Banthia (tennis) were declared the first recipients of the SOT programme.

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