Mary determined to win Olympic gold

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Dec 2018 14:51:51



HAVING created history by claiming a record sixth title at the women’s World Championships, legendary boxer MC Mary Kom is determined to fulfil a life long dream by winning a gold at the 2020 Olympics. “It has been my dream to win gold at Olympics ever since I started boxing. I have overcome many challenges in my life to become a world champion. I have already won gold medals at Asian Games, Commonwealth and multiple other medals in other world championships but now my vision is set at winning the gold medal at Olympics,” Mary Kom told IANS in an interview.

There has been speculation that boxing may not feature at the 202 Tokyo Games since he International Olympic Committe (IOC) is reportedly unhappy with the way the spot is being run by the International Boxing Association (AIBA). Mary however, brushed aside such concerns.

“For the last two years, we have received immense support from BSI, SAI and the ministry. We have full faith in them and are sure that all the three bodies clubbed with AIBA will make the right decision for boxing,” the Manipuri icon asserted. Mary Kom, who uses Nestlé EVERYDAY while relaxing between her hectic training schedules, fought in her original 48 kilogram category after a considerable gap since she was concentrating on the 51kg division, since it is the lowest category at the Olympics.

“For the last three years, I was fighting under the 51Kg category and it was only during this World Championship that I returned to my (48kg) category. It was a new experience as I fought against new opponents,” she said. “This World Championship gave me a chance to assess the strengths and weaknesses of opponents in the 48 Kg category which I had lost track of since the past few years. Overall, it was a great experience,” she added.

“During the World Championships, I have observed those who are fighting in the 51kg category. I have got all the videos ready and will watch videos of prospective rivals in the 51Kg weight category.” Winning six world titles and an Olympic medal, that too in different weight categories, is not an easy task. But Mary has performed it with consummate ease throughout her illustrious career.
“Switching between weight categories is not a one day task, it is a rigorous process but you learn to manage it with experience.” she said.