Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom has added another feather to her hat. She has been appointed as the ambassador of the AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships. The competition is scheduled to be held in Guwahati from November 19 to 26.
“It is an honour to have been chosen as Ambassador for the 2017 Women’s Youth World Championships and be a part of the prestigious competition with it held in India for the first time,” the 34-year-old Manipuri. She is currently in Vietnam for the Asian Championships, was quoted as saying by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
She further added that the standard of boxing these young women are producing has never been higher, and with gender equality a priority for AIBA and the IOCBSE -0.71 %, there has never been more opportunities for women to take up the sport and compete on the biggest stage.
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She will be inspiring more young boxers at the event.
She has also been awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2004, Padma Shri Award in 2006 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2009 for her achievements in boxing.
In the 2012 Olympics, Mary bagged a bronze medal. This was the first time when women’s boxing was featured in the Olympics. At the 2016 South Asian Games, Mary Kom clinched the Gold in the 51kg category.
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Mary Kom’s autobiography, “Unbreakable”, was released in 2015 . The book chronicles her journey and talks about the ups and downs she endured to become a successful boxer.
She is an inspiration to millions of girls aspiring to make it big in the boxing ring.
She also runs the MC Mary Kom boxing academy in Manipur, a female-only fight club in Imphal to teach girls defend themselves against sexual violence.
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