Mary Kom, the Magnificent Mary of India, is the most prominent Indian boxer who is a six-time World Boxing champion and the only Indian woman boxer who won a medal for each of the world championships. She ranks No. 4 in AIBA World Women’s Ranking for the Flyweight category.
Mary Kom belongs to the tribal community of India’s north eastern state, Manipur. She was born at Kangathei Village, Moirang Lamkhai. The soon-to-be boxing champ got her inspiration from the Manipuri male boxer named Dingko Singh. Although, she was initially interested in Martial arts from her early childhood.
Boxing was not considered as an appropriate sport for women, therefore initially she tried to keep her boxing interest a secret from her family. For the first time she came into the boxing ring, only to support her family financially. She got famous when she won the First State Level Invitation women’s boxing championship in Manipur in the year 2000 as the best boxer. From that time she began boxing at the international level at the mere age of 18 which brought her various medals and honors. She was the first Indian woman to be awarded with the prestigious Arjuna award in the year 2003 for her great accomplishments in boxing.
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Her short height works as an advantage for her as she can dodge her opponents easily and make them run a lot in the boxing ring which makes them tired. Mary Kom is an outstanding inspiration and someone to look up to. Being born in a poor family, fighter Mary started working at a very young age. Went against all odds to get into a lesser popular sport and made it to the olympics and not just that, she won laurels as well which is an extraordinary achievement!
Today she stands as a beacon of physical and emotional strength. Here are a few inspiring lines from her:
“People used to say that boxing is for men and not for women and I thought I will show them some day. I promised myself and I proved myself.”
For a society where a few people still impose a set of career options for women, and mostly discourage her to chase her dreams once married are sure to say words like this. I am sure most of us ladies have heard our relatives or parents giving us career advice on what’s best and what not for us. It takes a lot of courage and determination to break through such norms of the society and chase the dreams which mean the most to us.
“If I, being a mother of two, can win a medal, so can you all. Take me as an example and don’t give up.”
It’s not an easy task for a woman to maintain her personal and professional life and a few women tend to lose the balance now and then, but still strive hard to balance it. And all this struggle only to give the best to the family. When we see a woman like Mary Kom, a mother of twins who can go out practicing every day, sweat out, work hard, give her everything to chase her passion then what’s stopping us?
“It has been a tough journey. I carried on with the support of family and friends. Despite the loss today, I am satisfied with the way I performed.”
Most of us believe that the result itself is the greatest verdict of the struggle but it’s actually the journey of evolving as a person that defines the meaning of success. After all, “Success lies in the journey and not the destination”, it is who you are and what you get to become, over what you get which stands taller than everything else.
“Everyone is scared and asking me questions if I am going to quit. I want to tell them that don’t worry; I am not retiring and will continue.”
Well her lines make us worried not to see future women boxers. For a country obsessed with cricket, boxing as a sport needs a lot of support and encouragement. Probably it is easier to be motivated for either cricket or a popular sport where people provide enough extrinsic value. This makes us respect Mary Kom a lot more because it needs a lot more internal strength and inspiration to be part of an unpopular sport and that’s exactly what has driven her this far.
“I do not only rely on my technique or strength but also on my mind.”
Boxing is known as a physical game which requires a lot of physical strength and technique, but it gives us goosebumps to hear a boxer say this. It is your will power that takes you far and beyond. It’s the will to smack that one last punch when you feel that you are about to fall and that makes all the difference.
Mary Kom dreamt big and she achieved that level of success with her hard work and dedication. Your background does not decide your Future. Mary belonged to a poor family and she wanted to take her family out of poverty and left no stone unturned to do the same. Mary Kom failed in her ninth class in schooling, she wanted to set goals according to her passion. She left school and completed her education from open schooling. Wonder what brings so much confidence in one’s self. Many a time we frown over silly things like not understanding a few words in English which leads to embarrassment. Not anymore guys. Haven’t you heard of the great Chatbot feature of MagTapp?
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