Indian boxer Mary Kom is a six-time world champion, an Olympic medalist, and a role model for women everywhere.
Mary Kom is a force of nature. She is a six-time world boxing champion, an Olympic medalist, and a role model for women everywhere. She is also a mother, a wife, and a politician. Kom has done it all, and she has done it with grace, determination, and a smile on her face.
Mary Kom was born in a small village in Manipur, India. She grew up in poverty, but she always had a dream of becoming a boxer. When she was 15 years old, she moved to Imphal to train with a local boxing coach. She quickly showed her talent, and she soon began competing in national and international tournaments.
In 2001, Mary Kom won her first world championship title. She went on to win five more world championships, making her the only woman to win the title six times. She also competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she won a bronze medal.
Mary Kom is not just a great boxer. She is also a strong advocate for women’s rights. She has spoken out against gender discrimination, and she has worked to promote women’s participation in sports. She is a true inspiration to women everywhere.
Mary Kom is a living legend. She is an example of what can be achieved when you have a dream and you never give up. She is a role model for women and girls everywhere, and she is an inspiration to us all.
Mary Kom Early life
Mary Kom was born on 24 November 1982 in Kagathei village, Moirang Lamkhai in the Churachandpur district of rural Manipur in India. She came from a poor Kom family. Her parents, Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom were tenant farmers who worked in jhum fields. They named her Chungneijang. Kom grew up in humble surroundings, helping her parents with farm-related chores, going to school, and learning athletics initially and later boxing simultaneously. Kom’s father was a keen wrestler in his younger days. She is the eldest of three children – she has a younger sister and a brother. She hails from a Christian Baptist family.
Mary Kom Career
Mary started boxing at the age of 12, after being inspired by Dingko Singh, who won the gold medal in boxing at the 1998 Asian Games. She initially faced opposition from her family, who did not want her to pursue a career in boxing, which was seen as a male sport. However, Kom was determined to pursue her dream, and she eventually won over her family’s support.
Kom quickly rose through the ranks of Indian boxing, and she won her first national title in 2000. She then went on to win five consecutive World Amateur Boxing Championships (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2010). She also won a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
In addition to her success in boxing, Kom has also been active in promoting the sport among women in India. She has founded the Mary Regional Boxing Academy in Imphal, Manipur, and she has also served as an ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Mary Kom Awards and honors
- Arjuna Award (2003)
- Padma Shri (2006)
- Padma Bhushan (2013)
- Padma Vibhushan (2018)
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (2009)
- Big Star Most Entertaining Sportsperson of the Year (2009)
- BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year (2012)
- Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year (2013)
Mary Kom Personal life
It is married to Onler Kom, and they have three children together. She is a Christian Baptist.
In 2016, Mary Kom was elected to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. She is the first female boxer to be elected to the Parliament.
Mary Kom is an inspiration to many people around the world. She has shown that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. She is a role model for women and girls everywhere, and she is an example of how sport can be used to empower people and make a difference in the world.
Mary political career achievements:
- She has worked to promote sports and physical fitness among children and youth.
- She has advocated for the rights of women and children.
- She has raised awareness about issues such as child labor and trafficking.
- She has worked to improve the lives of people living in poverty.