A sportswoman who made India proud of her glorious accomplishments, Mary Kom is the only Indian boxer who managed to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics. where she also won a Bronze Medal A five-time world amateur boxing champion is Mary Kom. She is surprisingly serene and philosophical about all her achievements.
Early Life of Mary Kom
Mary Kom was born on 1st March 1983 in Kangthei, Manipur, India. Her parents MangteTonpaKom and MangteAkhamKom were simple farmers. She was the eldest of four siblings. She grew up in a humble background helping her parents with farm-related activities her sheer determination and hard work, she developed into a fine athlete. Xavier Catholic school. However, she quit studies before completing schooling to pursue a career in boxing.
Career of Mary Kom
Mary started to pursue boxing by seeing Dingko Singh winning a Gold medal at the 1998 Asian Games. At first, her parents are not sure about Mary’s playing boxing. They felt that boxing was too masculine for a young girl. But they later backed Mery throughout her career.
She started her training under M. Narjit Singh at Manipur State Boxing. She evolved into a great athlete with her pure determination and difficult work. In her initial career, she won the Best Boxer Award at the Women’s Boxing Championships. She introduced herself to the boxing circle with a bang.
Mary continued her voyage, winning five National Championships between 2000 and 2005. In the same period, she won AIBA World Boxing Championship thrice. She won a silver medal at the 2008 Asian Women’s Boxing Championship held in India. In the following year, she returned with a gold medal from the Asian Indoor Games.
In 2010, Mary won a gold medal at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships. At the 2010 Asian Games, she competed in the 51 kg category. This time she stood third. Like the earlier event, she won a gold medal at the 2012 Asian Women’s Boxing championship.
The milestone of her boxing career was the 2012 London Olympics. Despite coming from the conflict-torn state of Manipur and marginalized tribal community, she won a bronze medal in the Olympics. She made every Indian proud and happy.
After the London Olympics, she won the gold medal in the flyweight category at the 2014 Asian games.
Mary Kom: Awards and Honors
Mary Kom was the dominant boxer throughout her life. In her splendid boxing trip, she earned many tiles and awards. Some notable awards and achievements; Arjuna Award, Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi KhelRatna award and Padma Bhushan.
She became a Pepsi MTV Youth Icon in 2008 for her inspiring stature among the younger generation. Mary Kom was elected the year’s Indian Sportswoman in 2010.
On April 26, 2017, President of India nominated her as a member of the RajyaSabha. In the same year, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of Indian government appointed Mary as a national observer for boxing.
Net Worth of Mary Kom
The Indian boxing queen’s current net worth is $625,000. She created her fortune through boxing and brand endorsements. She is the brand ambassador of Tata Salt and CP Foods. For her achievement at the 2012 London Olympics, she received cash prizes of more than $ 250000.
Along with her sports career, she served as the DSP in Manipur Police. She’s still down to earth despite her enormous name and notoriety. She is still continuing her simple life. Unbreakable, an autobiography about Mary Kom can help us to know more about her life and her journey.
Personal Life of Mary Kom
Kom is married to the footballer KarungOnkholer (Onler). Kom first met her husband in 2000 after her luggage was stolen while traveling by train to Bangalore and thereafter to Delhi for a sports meet. While on her manner to Punjab’s National Games in New Delhi, she encountered Onkholer who was studying law at Delhi University. Onkholer was the president of the North East students body and helped Kom. They became friends and then began dating each other. After four years they were married in 2005.
They have three children together: Rechungvar and Khupneivar twins (born 2007), and Prince son (born May 2013).
Facts of Mary Kom
Mary is a supporter of animal rights and has been associated with PETA India. She runs MC Mary Kom Boxing Academy in Manipur and nurtures future boxing stars. She is the undisputed queen of Indian boxing and the excellent source of inspiration.