Mary’s triumph is a saga of hard work

Mary’s triumph is a saga of hard work

By SAJI CHACKO | New Delhi | 11 November, 2017
History beckons the women’s team a mere two weeks after the men’s team lifted the Asia Cup beating Malaysia in the final.
Mary Kom continues to defy everything  age, motherhood and a ever punishing schedule as a Parliamentarian to win her fifth Asian Championship gold medal  in Vietnam earlier this week.  At 35, Mary has the hunger and drive of an teenager despite competing in a physical contact sport like boxing for over two decades now. With an Olympic bronze World Championships gold , CWG gold, the evergreen Mary  has proved that she is the best in the business. What’s interesting is the fact  that the celebrated boxer won in her favourite 48kg category.

“When quizzed what made her so hungry for success despite achieving almost  everything, Mary said it was her passion for the sport which kept her going. “Look its all about love. From my childhood till now there is only thing that I have loved and looked forward to--- boxing. I get an enormous amount of kick when I enter the ring. It’s as if I am

Mary also attributed her success to her training and fitness. “In boxing one has to be very fit and to be fit one has to train very well. So to get the proper type of training is of essence to me.  I am happy to say that despite my tight schedule which includes attending the Parliament session (currently she is a Rajya Sabha member(, , I was to able to find the time to train. Once I train and  am in the right shape, then I feel quite invincible,” said Mary kom.

The five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist returned to her preferred 48kg category after more than five years in the 51kg division, which was made an Olympic category in 2010.  «It would be great if 48kg becomes an Olympic category. It really works very well for me,» said the Manipuri, who would be leaving tonight for an IOC athletes forum in Lausanne where she will represent the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

 Asked about her next target, Mary said it would be the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games for now. “let me get through that and will take a call after that,» she said. On whether she feels any pressure competing given the spotlight she is in,» Mary Kom said, «I always enjoy myself. I don›t stress, it is pointless. This helps me in performing well.

Mary also said she would like to dedicate the Asian title to her legion of supporters. «I am really happy the way this championship has panned out. I would like to dedicate this victory to all those who have supported me even though the world had written me off. I would like to thank my coaching staff who worked hard with me over the last few months,» Mary said .

She also had praise for the Boxing Federation of India (BFI). «A special word for the professional setup that BFI has put in place, ensuring that best facilities were given during the month-long camp and all the exposure trips for the team. Also, I am thankful to BFI President Mr. Ajay Singh especially for showing faith in me,» she added.

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