London Olympic bronze medallist M.C. Mary Kom is not yet done and has said she wants to continue for another “three-four” years. Mary said that her prime focus would be the 2018 Asian and Commonwealth Games with an eye on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics too.
The five-time world champion recently decided to return to the light flyweight (48kg category) amid reports that it will be part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “I am attending the national camp at the Indira Gandhi Stadium. I just want to continue for another three-four years. If 48kg is included in the 2020 Olympic Games, I will give it a shot and try win a gold medal for my country,” Mary said.
“I have started training and though I could not participate in the boxing nationals due to the Parliament session, I want to represent India in international competitions. 2018 Asian Games, Commonwealth Games are my main focus.”
Aiming to groom potential boxers for future Olympics with world-class coaching and infrastructure facilities, the Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation on Monday entered into an agreement with Petroleum Sports Promotion Board.
“Women’s boxing is becoming more popular. I just want to give back to my sport and my nation. To produce more champions from my academy, that is my dream.
“I have gyms and outdoor rings to train underprivileged youngsters.“People might think how would I be able to devote time being a Member of Parliament, but this has been a long-time dream. Most of the boxers suffer from poverty, so if I can do something for them that will be a great achievement for me, besides my medals.”
Besides PSPB, State Bank of India and Sports Authority of India have also come forward to assist the academy. “SAI is supporting us under its extension scheme through which each trainee boxer gets Rs 600 per month, one kit. We are getting financial assistance through the National Sports Development Fund. SBI has given Rs 2 crore for building a hostel.”
Mary Kom is happy that the boxers have a national federation in place after many years. She said, “It’s a very good thing. Boxers gain more exposure through participation in competitions so it’s really good that there is a federation now in place.”
It is also learnt that Mary will be honoured with the Aiba Legend’s Award for her stellar career so far at the world body’s 70th anniversary celebrations on December 20.