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Synonymous with boxing in India (and not just women’s boxing) is star sportsperson and superachiever, Mary Kom.
Five times World Boxing Champion, Mary Kom is among India’s brightest hopes for the London 2012 Olympics. In fact, it is partly her success and example that has led to women’s boxing being included in the Olympics at all – something that had been denied for a long time.
Kom’s achievements are even more special when one considers the tough challenges she has had to beat – she hails from a very modest family background, and her rise is also a reminder that given encouragement and resources, sport can be an enabler for many more young women and men in India to rise above their circumstances.
Why we find her inspiring:
– Because she has set boxing up as an acceptable sport for Indian women
– Because she overcame hesitation from her own family to make it in a sport not considered ‘womanly’
– Because she continues to work at her sport after having two children and is proof that motherhood does not have to be the only track in a woman’s life
– Because she is keen to give back to her state, Manipur, a troubled part of India
Pic credit: E-Pao Live
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