‘Fit body makes me feel invincible’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Nov 2017 10:03:32



FRESH from her fifth Asian Championships gold medal, Indian boxing star M C Mary Kom on Thursday said her fit body helps her feel invincible despite close to two decades in a contact sport.

Mary Kom returned to the country after claiming the 48kg category gold medal in the continental showpiece held in the Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh.
“As long as I am training hard and my body is fit, I can beat anyone, bring it on. If I maintain the fitness levels, nobody can touch me,” she said laughingly at a press conference here.

The five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist returned to her preferred 48kg category after more than five years in the 51kg division, which was made an Olympic category in 2010.
“It would be great if 48kg becomes an Olympic category. It really works very well for me,” said the Manipuri, who would be leaving on Thursday night for an IOC athletes forum in Lausanne where she will represent the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

Asked about her next target, Mary Kom said it would be the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games for now.
“let me get through that and will take a call after that,” she said.
On whether she feels any pressure competing given the spotlight she is in,” Mary Kom said, “I always enjoy myself. I don’t stress, it is pointless. This helps me in performing well.”

Women boxers to have foreign coach before CWG: BFI chief
WITHOUT a foreign coach after Stephane Cottalorda’s unceremonious exit, India’s women boxers will have a replacement for the Frenchman before next year’s Commonwealth Games, the national federation’s President Ajay Singh said on Thursday.

The country’s women boxers returned with a haul of a gold, a silver and five bronze medals from the just-concluded Asian Championships in Vietnam.
The performance was despite the turmoil that rocked the national camp when Cottalorda resigned from his position in September, alleging delay in payment of salary and non-fulfillment of some other commitments made to him.
The controversy, however, had little impact on the performance of the boxers in Vietnam.

“There will be a foreign coach for women boxers very soon, actually before the Commonwealth Games. We have shortlisted a few names already,” Boxing Federation of India President Ajay Singh said at a press conference here.
Currently, Sweden’s Santiago Nieva, who is the coach for senior men, is also overseeing the women’s camp as a High Performance Director.

Singh also listed a few other initiatives lined up for Indian boxing in the coming few months.
“We are planning on holding an Indian Open next year, followed by a league in the middle of the year,” he said referring to a pro-style league, which was originally planned for the end of this year. The country will also be hosting its first world championship since the 2006 senior women’s marquee event.

Guwahati will play host to the youth women’s world championship later this month.
“This continues our endeavour to ensure that boxing continues to grow in the country,” he said.