Strive for Consistency: Mary Kom

To win a world championship once is no mean feat, but to win it six times is a herculean task. A testament to resilience, humility and empowerment six times World Amateur Boxing Champion Mary Kom was in conversation with sports journalist Boria Majumdar.

Mary Kom opened up about her early life and her induction into boxing, the societal outlook towards women’s boxing, infrastructural challenges that she faced, etc. However, she spoke about how she kept at it without losing focus. Speaking of resilience and perseverance, Mary said, “Being a girl, it’s very difficult as women’s boxing is not introduced nationally as a sport. As a child, I used to get inspired by action movies of Jackie Chan and Akshay Kumar and always believed that if men can then why can’t women?”

Speaking about the boxing scenario in India, Mary feels nothing has much change in the sport. “It is still the same. I am the same, boxing is the same. In the last seven years things have changed there have been facilities but what I see is that we don’t have champions. Only we have one two champions for so many years, there aren’t any new champions. I am not blaming anyone but I am blaming the young, they need to take initiative and learn and come forward,” Mary called upon the young.

When asked about “what is that one quality she would want to see in her children” and she said ‘Respect humanity’. Explaining the same she said that this is something I want my children to learn. “They should respect a person which is very important in today’s world and I don’t see it much. So respecting humanity will be one of the value’

Speaking about the Tokyo Olympics which will be held in 2020, “I really want to bring gold for the country and gold from Olympics is what I badly want,” added Mary.

The highlight of her session was when she took up the mic and sang ‘What’s going on’ by 4 Blondes, was a surprise to the audience who cheered her beautiful rendition of the popular song.