The lady with the indomitable spirit, Mary Kom, calls every medal a story of her struggle as she celebrates her fifth Asian Championship gold medal at the age of 35.
Mary Kom, a five-time world champion and Olympic bronze- medallist, scripted history today by becoming the first boxer to claim five gold medals at the continental meet in the Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh.
“This medal is very special to me just like all other medals I have won because it has its own story of struggles. 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. I hope my stature grows,” Mary Kom told news agency PTI in an interview.
“I have been an active MP, I am attending Parliament regularly and despite that, I trained hard for this championship. Since I am a government observer, I have to be present at meetings related to the running of the sport as well. I hope people realise how tough it is,” she said.
“I have been juggling so many roles. 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,” she added.
She was nicknamed ‘Magnificent Mary’ by AIBA in 2010 and was awarded the AIBA Legends’ award for her long and sparkling career last year. This year she became the first Indian AIBA representative at IOC athlete’s Forum.
“After this, I have to travel to Lausanne for an IOC athlete’s forum. And I hate journeys now. The travelling wears me down, it is actually quite horrible to go from one airport to another in a matter of days. But you can’t walk away from your responsibilities and commitments,” she explained.
“The competition has certainly improved but I have responded well to it because this weight category suits me,” she added, referring to the switch she made from 51kg to 48kg category at the fag end of last year.
“I don’t have the burden of putting on weight. This weight (48kg) is natural for my body. This category, in fact, works best for me. Some of the boxers I faced here (in Vietnam) have competed against me in the 51kg category. It felt nice to beat them, a huge morale-booster for me,” she elaborated.
Targeting the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next year, Mary Kom refuses to slow down and keep winning laurels for the country.
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