Good Sports: ANOTHER GOLD MEDAL FOR MARY KOM
Mary Kom, India’s greatest female boxer, won her fifth Asian Boxing Championship gold medal last month. Competing in the light flyweight category, the 35-year-old Manipur native defeated DPR Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi by a unanimous decision in the final in Vietnam.
It was her sixth medal at the Asian championships, having previously won four gold medals and one silver medal. “Magnificent Mary” has also won five gold medals and one silver at the World Amateur Boxing Championships, as well as an Olympic bronze medal.
“This medal is very special to me, just like all other medals I have won, because it has its own story of struggles,” she told PTI. “Every medal I have won is a story of a difficult struggle. I am hoping this medal, which has come after I became an MP, will enhance my reputation even further.”
Kom was appointed last year as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India’s parliament. “I have been juggling so many roles,” she said. “I am a mother, too; I have three sons to take care of. I don’t even know how I manage to pull it off sometimes.”
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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