Mary Kom: A true legend who conquer negative situation every time.
Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte popularly known as Mary Kom, born on 1st March 1983 in a Kangathei village, Moirang Lamkhai in Churachandpur district of rural Manipur in Northeastern India to a tenant farmers Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom. She is an Indian boxer with many awards to her name and she had also received a name ‘Magnificent Mary’ as she was the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics. She set a new standard in amateur boxing without ever competing in professional boxing. In 2015, she became the 1st amateur to surpass several professional athletes in India in earnings, endorsements and awards. She is the first amateur athlete to win the Padma Bhushan. Mary is married to the footballer Karung Onkholer (Onler) in 2005. She have 3 sons twins Rechungvar and Khupneivar born in 2007 and son Prince born in May 2013.
How it all started
kon is a sportsperson from the very beginning initially she play many games athletes, volleyball, football in her school but she was inspired to took boxing by Dingko Singh success in 2000. Her 1st coach was K. Kosana Meitei at Sports academy in Imphal. After then she trained under the Manipur State Boxing Coach M. Narjit Singh.
Support she received from Media
Dina Serto co-author of autobiography “Unbreakable” published by Harper Collins in 2013.
Hindi biography film “Mary Kom” directed by Omung Kumar & Priyanka Chopra play the main role in 2014
Achievements of her life other than in boxing
|26th April 2016-Nominated by the President of India as a member of Rajya Sabha.|
|11th December 2018 -The Government of Manipur has conferred on her the title “Meethoi Leima”, after her sixth world title. And CM N. Biren Singh also declared that the stretch of road leading to the Games Village in Imphal West district, would be named as ‘MC Mary Kom Road’.|
|24th September 2012- the Super Fight League announced that Kom will be SFL’s brand ambassador.|
Achievements as a boxer
|March 2017-the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, appointed Mary Kom along with Akhil Kumar as national observers for boxing.|
|3rd October 2010- Received honour of bearing the Queen’s Baton in opening ceremony of CWG.|
|24th November 2018-Created history by becoming the 1st woman to win 6 World Championships.|
|She was the only Indian women who qualify for boxing event in 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship, she achieve bronze in 51kgs category.|
|The International Boxing Association (AIBA) awarded with the 1st AIBA Legends awards for “promising boxing career”|
|The International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced brand ambassador for 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships|
|Padma Bhushan (Sports),2013|
|Arjuna Award (Boxing),2003|
|Padma Shri (Sports)2006|
|Contender for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2007|
|People of the Year- Limca Book of Records, 2007|
|CNN-IBN & Reliance Industries’Real Heroes Award 14.4.2008 Mon|
|Pepsi MTV Youth Icon 2008|
|Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award,2009|
|nternational Boxing Association Ambassador for Women’s Boxing 2009 (TSE 30 July 2009 Thur)|
|Sportswoman of the year 2010,Sahara Sports Award|
|Olympians for Life by WOA.|
|Honorary Doctorate degree (D.Litt) from North-Eastern Hill University on 29 March 2016 and (DPhil) from Kaziranga University on 14 January 2019|
Mary kom is a legend of boxing but what be can learn from her is her attitude of conquering all the negative situation in life and fight with full power to achieve what you want in life.