BIOGRAPHY OF MARY KOM IS AN INDIAN BOXXER
HURDLES CAN BE OVERCOME BY DEDICATION
"Mary kom is an Indian Boxer who has the distinction of being a five –time world Amateur Boxing Champion’’
The life of mangte Chungneijang Mary kom known as Mc Mary kom or just Mary kom has been no less than a fairy tale. Born in the village of kangathei in Churachandpur district of Manipur state born on 1st March 1983 in a poor farming family of the kom tribe of North –east India. Mary has dared to punch her way into the International limelight and remain there as the undisputed queen of the ring.
Her father M Tonpa Kom and mother Mangte Akham Kom worked as farmers in jhum fields. Being the eldest child in the family Mary helped her parents work in the fields cutting wood making charcoal and fishing. She studied up to class v in loktak Christian Model High school Moirang and attended St Xavier catholic school Moirang up to class viii She completed her school education through NIOS Imphal and Graduated from churachandpur college in Manipur .
Since childhood Mary has liked sports and took keen interest in athletics. She wanted to become a good athlete but fate decided otherwise. She became interested in boxing after watching Indian boxer Dingko singh the winner of gold medal in Asian Games. The demonstration of women boxers at the 5th National games held in Manipur also inspired her. Then she began training with M narjit singh the Manipur State Boxing Coach at Khuman Lampak Imphal.
This training and other support paved the way for her to win a silver medal at the first AIBA women’s world Boxing Championship held in 2001 at Scranton in USA. Since then she has not looked back. She is the only boxer to have won medal in each one of six World Championships winning the Gold Medal in her category (46kg) five times from 2002 to 2010. In 2009 she won the gold at the Asian indoor Games in Vietnam and the gold in the Asian Boxing Championships in Kazakhastan. she won her 5th world Championships crown in 2010 in Barbados. On 3rd October2010 Mary had the honour of bearing the Queen’s Baton in the Opening ceremony run for the 2010 common wealth Games at Delhi. She did not compete however as women’s boxing was not included in the commonwealth games.
In the Olympics Games held in London in 2012 she won the bronze medal in her weight category. She became the first Indian women boxer to get a gold medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon south korea. At the south Asian Games 2016 Mary kom won the gold in the 51kg category.
She is a recipient of the Arjuna Award ,Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, padma Bhushan and padma sri awards. She was also given a special award by the association International de Box Amateur or International Boxing Association (AIBA). AIBA declared her ‘Magnificent Mary ‘for her unprecedented achievement. She has also been nominated as member of the Rajya Sabha the second sportsperson. to be nominated after sachin Tendulker.
She is also employed as the Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in the Manipur police. She has also been given a house at National Games village without any cost for her outstanding achievements. She married with konler kom in 2005. They have been blessed with three sons. Mary kom is supporter of animal rights and has associated with animal rights organization PETA India. Unbreakable An Autobiography is written by Mary kom. It was co-authored by Dina Serto and published in 2013. In this book Mary very vividly describes her career and her family life including her parents her husband and children.
In 2014 the film ‘Mary kom’ was released Priyanka chopra played the main role. The movie was directed by Omung kumar. The film won the best popular film providing Wholesome Entertainment honour at the 62nd National Film Award Today the farmer’s daughter stands as a shining example of ‘Mission Accomplished’. Many village girls idolise her dream of becoming boxing champions. They come from remote places to join the MC Mary Kom Boxing academy set-up by her in the picturesque Langol footfills of Imphal West district.