Now I aim for an Olympic gold: Mary Kom
With the sixth World Title sealed, ace Indian boxer MC Mary Kom is now aiming for the Olympic gold that has eluded her so far. Mary Kom has seven medals in the worlds which makes her the most successful boxer in the history of the tournament.
“I have a medal in Olympics (a bronze in 2012), but gold is something I dream for. I am very happy about my championship win, as it boosted my confidence to face life head-on,” she was quoted as saying by The Indian Express on the sidelines of an athletics event. “I am eyeing a gold at Tokyo Olympics. I will train doubly-triply hard to get a gold for my country,” Mary Kom added.
Mary Kom may have won the world title fighting in the 48kg category, but in Tokyo Olympics she will have to fight in the 51kg category. The event she was attending was also attended by Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi, who called the boxer a “national treasure”.
“She has won six world titles and we are happy that she administered a pledge to the children present here on keeping the fairness and sportsmen’s spirit in any game,” Maneka Gandhi stated. Mary Kom said a disciplined training schedule is what keep her going and makes her bout-ready.
“I have been very sincere during my training. If I have 2-3 sessions, I will make it a point to not miss them, I attend as many as possible. If I don’t train, I won’t succeed,” she said.
Queried on whether she would make any change in the in her training schedule keeping in mind the Olympics, she said she would decide that after discussing with coach and Boxing Federation of India (BFI). “I will speak to my coach, the BFI, the SAI (Sports Authority of India). We have already got some good facilities and hope to get better results this time,” Mary Kom added.