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Mary Kom – 10 Facts You May Not Know About Her

Mary Kom – 10 Facts You May Not Know About Her

Mary Kom – 10 Facts You May Not Know About Her

Mary Kom – 10 Facts You May Not Know About Her

It’s her indomitable spirit that made her a true fighter. It’s her diligent striving to overcome every hurdle life has thrown at her. It’s her passion for life that has made her turn impossible into possible. How else otherwise a girl from an unheard village of Manipur in India could have made it to the Olympics? From a poverty-stricken childhood to making it to the Forbes list of top 100 celebrities in India and a Bollywood film on her life, it certainly has not been a cake walk for the 5 times international boxing champion. But her unmatched determination to not giving up did not let any pessimism come in her way of success.


  •  A high school dropout

Yes, this boxing superstar could not complete her high school education for her increasing passion for boxing. But, later, she finished her schooling through alternative ways and even completed her graduation.


  •  Came to boxing after college

Believe it or not, she took boxing seriously only after graduation. It’s Dingko Singh’s winning gold medal in 1997 Asian Games that became a life-changing inspiration for Mary Kom.


  • Initially discouraged by family

She faced the first obstacle from nobody else but her own orthodox family who could not support the idea of their daughter taking part in an unconventional sport as it was not considered as a “women’s game”. Even, when the news of her first win came into local newspaper, her father who used to work as a poor landless farmer, scolded her vehemently.


  • Proper training after winning Asian games

Mary Kom – 10 Facts You May Not Know About Her

Surprise again! This internationally recognized boxer could afford to start with proper training from her idol, Dingko Singh after he won at 1988 Asian Games.


  • Won silver at her first tournament

But as nothing can suppress a true gem, this wonder-woman made her debut in 2001 Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championship in Pennsylvania, USA and won a silver medal. In 2002, she achieved goal in the same AIBA championship in Antalya, Turkey.


  • Mary Kom is 5 times AIBA champion

And then she made it a habit to win gold medals at the AIBA championship in senior boxing. Till now, she has been the proud winner of 5 gold medals. In 2008, it’s this brilliant performance and consistency that earned her the prestigious title of ‘Magnificent Mary’


  • Continued boxing after becoming a mother of two

Yes, what is otherwise unthinkable for many, she has made it happen. Kudos to her unbreakable spirit!


  • Mary Kom has achieved Govt. recognitions

For her outstanding achievements and an inspiring life, Mary Kom has received a lot of govt. accolades. From Arjuna Award to Padma Shree, from Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award to having a road named after her, her bag is full of recognitions and awards.


  • Entry to Olympics

Mary Kom – 10 Facts You May Not Know About Her

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An announcement has been made on Thursday, that a multi-specialty private hospital has opened a mother’s milk bank in association with a Jaipur-based voluntary organization. Mahatma Gandhi Hospital set in motion the milk bank in association with Inaya Foundation. Inaya Foundation’s secretary, Nitisha Sharma said that they had soft-launched operations of the Amrit, mother’s milk bank, beginning from the first week of February. They have collected more than 25,000 ml of milk donated by 74 mothers. G.N. Saxena (the principal of Mahatma Gandhi Medical University) announced that 196 units of mother’s milk has been distributed to infants at the hospital till the 10th of April, and they continue to distribute more. This is the third such milk-bank in Rajasthan. A government hospital in Udaipur started the first bank. Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur, Surat and Kolkata have such similar banks too. The infant mortality rate can be decreased by 22 per cent with the help of breast-feeding and donated mother’s milk, said Nitisha Sharma. She also added that the mother not only has to undergo a blood test, but also her milk needs to be tested to check for and eliminate any bacteria. Many newborns don’t get their mother’s milk, which contains the required nutrition for their healthy development. These banks are reaching out to the many infants who are deprived of their mother’s milk. It is saving the lives and futures of many infants and thereby reducing infant mortality rates.

In 2012 Summer Olympics, she was the only female boxer from India to get a chance to participate in the tournament after her success in 2012 AIBA championship.


  • An academy of her own

To encourage and help thousands of Mary Koms in achieving their dreams in boxing, this real life fighter has founded her own MC Mary Kom Boxing Academy in her home state. And to make sure that poverty should not come between an aspiring boxer and her dreams, she has been giving free training to numerous underprivileged girls since 2007.

So, never stop dreaming under any circumstances. Only you can change your fate.


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