” People used to say that boxing is for men and not for women and I thought I will show them someday. I promised myself and I Proved myself”. Mary Com
Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte (born 1 March 1983), better known as Mary Kom and Magnificent Mary is an Indian Olympic boxer hailing from Manipur. She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. Nicknamed Magnificent Mary, she is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal. She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women’s Ranking Flyweight category. She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea and is the first Indian Woman Boxer to win Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
On 26 April 2016, Kom was nominated by the President of India as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. In March 2017, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, appointed Mary Kom along with Akhil Kumar as national observers for boxing. Mary Kon won the Gold Medal in Asian Boxing Championship. She defeated Kim Hyang-mi of North Korea in the title match.
Kom was born in Kangathei village, Moirang Lamkhai in Churachandpur district of rural Manipur in eastern India. She came from a poor family. Her parents, Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom were tenant farmers who worked in jhum fields.
In school, Kom participated in all types of sports including volleyball, football and athletics. It was the success of Dingko Singh that inspired her to switch from athletics to boxing in 2000. She started her training under first coach K. Kosana Meitei in Imphal.
Thereafter she trained under the Manipur State Boxing Coach M. Narjit Singh, at Khuman Lampak, Imphal. Kom kept her interest in boxing a secret from her father, himself an ex-wrestler, as he was concerned that boxing would hurt Kom’s face and spoil her chances of marriage. However, he learned of it when Kom’s photo appeared in a newspaper after she won the state boxing championship in 2000.
Awards and recognitions
Mary Kom set a new standard in amateur boxing without ever competing in professional boxing. In 2015, Kom became the first amateur to surpass several professional athletes in India in earnings, endorsements, and awards. She is the first amateur athlete to win the Padma Bhushan.
- . The International Boxing Association (AIBA) awarded Mary Kom with the first AIBA Legends awards for “premising boxing career”
- The International Boxing association (AIBA) announced Mary Kom as the brand ambassador for 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships
- Padma Bhushan (Sports), 2013
- Arjuna Award (Boxing), 2003
- Padma Shri (Sports), 2006
- Contender for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2007
- People of the Year-Limca Book of Records, 2007
- CNN-IBN & Reliance Industries’ Real Heroes Award 14.4.2008
- Pepsi MTV Youth Icon 2008
- ‘Magnificent Mary’, AIBA 2008
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, 2009
- International Boxing Association’s Ambassador for Women’s Boxing 2009 (TSE 30 July 2009)
- Sportswoman of the year 2010, Sahara Sports Award.
For the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
In the meantime, Mary Kom had the tied knot with her love interest, K. Onler Kom in 2005. She had met Onler in Delhi in 2001 when he was working for the Kom community’s welfare. The couple gave birth to the twin sons, Rechungvar and Khupneivar. However happy her new family was, the new members needed her support, which is why she had to take a break after their birth.
Media and popular culture
Her autobiography, Unbreakable, was co-authored by Dina Serto and published by Harper Collins in late 2013.
In 2014, Priyanka Chopra played the main role of Mary Kom in Mary Kom, a biographical film about her life, Although the mother tongue of Mary is Kom, a Sino-Tibetan Language, the movie is in Hindi.
The movie is directed by Omung Kumar and was released on 5 September 2014.
Association with social causes
Kom is an animal rights, activist, and supporter of PETA India, Starring in an ad to call for an end to the use of elephants in circuses. “Circuses are cruel places for animals where they are beaten and tortured. As a mother, I can imagine what animals go through when their children are taken away from them to forcefully perform in circuses. It’s said, ” Kom has been quoted in the media.
Next Aim in Life
Mary Kom is going to take part in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Mary Kom has been included in a 10-strong athlete ambassadors group.
Mary Kom will represent the Asian block in the group.