She may not have qualified for the Rio Olympics, but boxer Mary Kom has something to look forward to. On December 20 this year, the Indian boxer will be felicitated with the Legends Award by the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA).
Mary couldn’t have been happier. It’s a recognition of the hard work she has put in over the years to climb the ladder of success. A five-time world champion, Mary’s most glorious moment came when she won the bronze in the 2012 Olympics in the 51 kg flyweight category. In fact, she had the distinction of being the only Indian woman boxer to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.
“I would like to thank the AIBA President and officials for this prestigious award. This recognition from AIBA will encourage young boxers in our country to work hard. It is a very emotional as well as a motivating day for me,” news agency PTI quoted the boxer from Manipur.
Mary also expressed satisfaction at the fact that she hadn’t been forgotten. “Even after so many years, if people remember you and your achievements it shows their generosity and love towards me. Thank you once again for this award, it’s a memory I would cherish for my lifetime,” added Mary whose biopic had none other than Priyanka Chopra essaying her character.
The film titled Mary Kom directed by Omang Kumar and co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali won critical acclaim and reinstated Priyanka’s clout as a performer of high esteem.