We all know the number of times Sachin Tendulkar adjusts his guard between each delivery, but am sure hardly anyone knows about a woman from the remote North Eastern state of Manipur who is a 4 time World Boxing Champion.
Mangte Chungneijang Merykom also known as Mary Kom is the joint Rajiv Gandhi Kehl Ratna award winner for the year 2009 along with boxer Vijender Singh and wrestler Sushil Kumar. A mother of two who came back from a 2 year break from the sport to win her fourth successive World Amateur Boxing gold medal in 2008.
Sad that so less is known about her. There is some detailed information about her at the Women Boxing Archive Network here. A true champion who is described by the International Boxing Association as “Magnificient Mary”.
Boxing is the only Olympic sport where women couldnt participate. The sport at Olympics was restricted to men only. From the 2012 London Olympics, this barrier is to go and women’s boxing will make a grand entry.
Of course, Mary Kom has her eyes fixated on the top prize at the Olympics. Click on this link for a video on CNN-IBN about the boxer.