Mary Kom, a Magnificent Mary of India, is a most prominent Indian boxer who has won five-time World Boxing championship and only Indian woman boxer who won a medal for each of the world championships. She ranks No. 4 AIBA World Women’s Ranking for the Flyweight category. She reached to this success in her by facing a lot of struggles came in front of her. As she belongs to the simple community, she has to face a lot for getting such big achievements. A biopic movie on her career has been confirmed by the Sanjay Leela Bhansali which is being starring by the Priyanka Chopra.

Mary Kom Biography

Mary Kom, the famous Indian boxer, belongs to the tribal community of the India’s north eastern state, Manipur. She was born at Kangathei Village, Moirang Lamkhai. She got inspiration from the Manipuri male boxer named Dingko Singh. Although, she was interested towards the Martial arts ad boxing from her early childhood.

Since, the boxing is not considered as the proper sport for the woman therefore initially she tried to keep her boxing interest secret from her family. First time she came into the boxing to support her family financially. She got famous publically when she won the First State Level Invitation women’s boxing championship in the Manipur in the year 2000 as a best boxer. From that time she began to play the boxing at the international level at her 18 which brought her getting various medals and honors. Once upon a time, she had stolen her luggage and passport on the way of going to the selection camp in the Bangkok, Thailand for her first Asian Women’s Boxing Championships, but she never lost her patience even promised herself for working hard.

She was the first woman ever when she got the prestigious award of the India named Arjuna award in the year 2003 for her great accomplishment in the boxing. She plays the boxing using her own strategy and never let her opponent to get their arms free. Her short height works as an advantage for her by making her opponents to run a lot in the boxing ring which makes them tired. It is known as she works hard at least five to six hours daily to maintain herself healthy and fit. She got a lot of success in her boxing career and tries to appreciate her best to the new comers in the boxing career in Manipur.

She had stated in a statement that she is a quick learner and had learnt all the basics of boxing in just two weeks when she had started boxing career in the year 2000. She had also stated that:

I still remember I was castigated by my father who said with a battered and bruised face, I should not expect to get married. He was furious that I took to boxing – a taboo for women – and he did not have the slightest idea about it. But my passion for the sport had got the better of me and I thank my cousins who coaxed and cajoled my father into eventually giving his nod. I’m happy that I did not let anybody down,” she told the Deccan Herald in September 2004.

She won the silver medal in her first AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championship at Scranton, USA in the year 2001 by defeating the Hulya Sahin of Turkey. But she won the gold medal next year in the second AIBA World Women’s Senior Boxing Championship in the year 2002 at Antalya, Turkey by defeating the Svetlana Miroshnichenko of Ukraine and Jang Song-Ae of North Korea.

Mary Kom Facts

Personal Details Full Name: Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom Nickname:

  • Magnificent Mary
  • MC Mary Kom
  • Mary Kom

Nationality: Indian

Born: on 1st of March in 1983, at Kangathei, Manipur, India

Residence: Imphal, Manipur, India

Height: 1.58 m (5 feet 2 inch)

Weight: 51 kg

Spouse: Karung Onkholer Kom

Twin Sons: Rechungvar and Khupneivar

Parents: Mangte Tonpa Kom, Mangte Akham Kom

Education:

  • Loktak Christian Model High School, Moirang up to class VI.
  • St. Xavier Catholic School, Moirang up to class VIII.
  • Adimjati High School, Imphal for class IX and X.
  • Churachandpur College for graduation.

Sport Details Country: India

Sport Type: Boxing (Rated at 46kg, 48kg, 51kg)

Coached by: M. Narjit Singh, Charles Atkinson

Medal Records Competitor for: India Women’s boxing Summer Olympics

Bronze: In 2012 London  for Flyweight (51kg)

Competitor for: Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships Gold: in 2010 Bridgetown for 48 kg Gold: in 2008 Ningbo City for 46 kg Gold: in 2006 New Delhi for 46 kg Gold: in 2005 Podolsk for 46 kg Gold: in 2002 Antalya for 45 kg Silver: in 2001 Scranton  for 45 kg

Competitor for: Asian Women’s Boxing Championship Gold: in 2012 Ulaanbaatar for Flyweight Gold: in 2010 Astana for Flyweight Gold: in 2005 Kaohsiung for Pinweight Gold: in 2003 Hissar for Pinweight Silver: in 2008 Guwahati for Pinweight Competitor for: Asian Games Bronze: in 2010 Guangzhou for Flyweight

Competitor for: Indoor Asian Games Gold: in 2009 Hanoi for Pinweight

Competitor for: Asian Cup Women’s Boxing Tournament Gold: in 2011 Haikou for 48 kg

Competitor for: Witch Cup Gold: in 2002 Pécs for Pinweight

Competitor for: Flyweight 48 to 51 kg in the Asian Games 2014 and won Gold Medal.

Other Detail: Biopic Movie: Starring by Priyanka Chopra, produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and directed by Omang Kumar.

Achievements of Mary Kom

International Achievements:

  • Second position in the year 2001 for 48 kg for the Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships at Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • First position in the year 2002 for 45 kg for the Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships at Antalya, Turkey.
  • First position in the year 2002 for 45 kg for the Witch Cup at Pécs, Hungary.
  • First position in the year 2003 for 46 kg for the Asian Women’s Championships at Hisar, India.
  • First position in the year 2004 for 46 kg for the Women’s World Cup at Tønsberg, Norway.
  • First position in the year 2005 for 46 kg for the Asian Women’s Championships at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
  • First position in the year 2005 for 46 kg for the Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships at Podolsk, Russia.
  • First position in the year 2006 for 46 kg for the Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships at New Delhi, India.
  • First position in the year 2006 for 46 kg for the Venus Women’s Box Cup at Vejle, Denmark.
  • First position in the year 2008 for 46 kg for the Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships at Ningbo, China.
  • Second position in the year 2008 for 46 kg for the Asian Women’s Championships at Guwahati, India.
  • First position in the year 2009 for 46 kg for the Asian Indoor Games at Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • First position in the year 2010 for 48 kg for the Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships at Bridgetown, Barbados.
  • First position in the year 2010 for 46 kg for the Asian Women’s Championships at Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • Third position in the year 2010 for 51 kg for the Asian Games at Guangzhou, China.
  • First position in the year 2011 for 48 kg for the Asian Women’s Cup at Haikou, China.
  • First position in the year 2012 for 51 kg for the Asian Women’s Championships at Ulan Bator, Mongolia.
  • Third position in the year 2012 for 51 kg for the Summer Olympics at London, United Kingdom.
  • Mary Kom won the gold medal first time in the Asian Games 2014 for flyweight 48 to 51 kg.

National Achievements:

  • Gold medal for first Women Nat. Boxing Championship at Chennai in the year 2001.
  • Won the East Open Boxing Championship at Bengal in the year 2001.
  • Second Sr World Women Boxing Championship at New Delhi in the year 2001.
  • Won the National Women Sort Meet at New Delhi in the year 2001.
  • 32nd National Games at Hyderabad in the year 2002.
  • Third Sr World Women Boxing Championship at Aizawl in the year 2003.
  • Fourth Sr WWBC at Kokrajar, Assam in the year 2004.
  • Fifth Sr WWBC at Kerala in the year 2004.
  • Sixth Sr WWBC at Jamshedpur in the year 2005.

Awards and Recognitions of Mary Kom:

  • Padma Bhushan award for Sports in the year 2013.
  • Arjuna Award for Boxing in the year 2003.
  • Padma Shree award for Sports in the year 2006.
  • Nominated for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in the year 2007.
  • Recorded as the People of the Year in the Limca Book of Records in the year 2007.
  • CNN-IBN and Reliance Industries’ Real Heroes Award in the year 2008.
  • Pepsi MTV Youth Icon in the year 2008.
  • Titled as the Magnificent Mary, AIBA in the year 2008.
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in the year 2009.
  • Ambassador for the International Boxing Association for Women’s Boxing in the year 2009.
  • Sahara Sports Award for Sportswoman of the year in the year 2010.
  • 10 lakh cash award by Ministry of Tribal Affairs of India.
  • 40 lakh cash award from the North Eastern Council.
  • 50 lakh cash award for 2012 London Olympics by Rajasthan Government.
  • 50 lakh cash award and two acres of land by Manipur Government.
  • 20 lakh cash award by Assam Government.
  • 10 lakh cash award by Arunachal Pradesh Government.
  • Mary Kom has won the gold medal first time in the Asian Games of 2014 for the flyweight category of 48 to 51 kg.

 

Mary Kom’s Struggle

The career of the magnificent Mary started shining now after struggling a long time of 12 years and relative ambiguity. She is now cheering her success as a Brand Mary and one of the most famous Indian icons. Winning the four successive gold medals in the World Championships was her previous and most prominent achievements. Just because of her successive struggle she got selected in the London’s Olympic championship of women’s boxing. She became successful in getting the medal in each edition of the AIBA (means Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur) women’s world boxing championships.

Her active potential makes her able to become as an excellent woman boxing competitor. After getting the Olympic validation, a supermom and wife, has turned to an outstanding Indian icon overnight. Her life journey full of struggle makes her able to reach to the boxing ring of London Olympics from the jhum fields. Because of the small and weak, she was rejected in the starting and she spent weeping outside the boxing training centre of Singh until she took in the centre. She had no one to guide her in the starting of her career. She had started the boxing without her interest, just helping her parents economically. She had started her career by throwing javelin and a sprinter where she came into the sight of famous boxer Dinko Singh (gold medalist in Asian Games in 1998).

Her chosen career of boxing was not liked by her parents; they thought that her bruised face may refuse the marriage proposals. Initially, she tried to hide her boxing interest from her parents but she was scolded by her father when she was found in the newspaper as a winner of state boxing championship. But, she became able to change the mind of her parents because of her deep hunger towards the sport and success. She has natural talent with strong willpower which made her a local hero in no time. Her Olympic medal for boxing has changed all that and started recognizing by the people as an icon.

After the hard practice and long rehearsal she gets her shining career after 12 years, 12 gold medals for 3 weight categories. She called as the best student ever by the Sports Ministry. She became a successful gold medalist in the boxing without any scratches on her. Her continuity and achievements in the sports makes her a living legend for the young Indian boxer that’s why she wants to open a boxing academy.

She has started giving boxing training in her area to the 37 children from poor backgrounds, 16 of them are girls. She has announced by the Sports Ministry to get an award of Rs.75 lakhs and land of two acres as an incentive to be motivated.

She is only woman Indian boxer whom character has been chosen to make a biopic movie on her life starring by the famous film star Priyanka Chopra produced by the Sanjay Leela Bhansali. As she was born in 1983 in a very poor family to Shri M Tonpa Kom and Smt M Akham Kom in the Maipur, she has become a shining star on the earth. As being a famous woman boxer she is well look after her parents, sisters, brother, children and husband.

She was inclined towards the athletics from her childhood. She thought that one day she would be a great athlete but it’s her good destiny which brought her towards the boxing to make her more recognized and adorable. She put her step into boxing in 2000 under Shri. Ibomcha Singh, a coach and mentor and took just two weeks to learn as she was a quick learner. At that time being a woman boxer was a big taboo for the women. But it was her passion and will power which made her woman boxing legend.

After one year of her learning, she made her debut at her 18 in the first Women World Boxing Championship in Pennsylvania, USA where she got a silver medal for 46 kg category. Just after the one year of her debut she got gold medal in the Senior Boxing Championship at Antalya, Turkey. She got her 4th gold medal in World Championships in 2008 after being a mother of two. At that time she also titled as the Magnificent Mary.

She has been a winner of five time consecutive World Boxing championship organized by the AIBA. She is the recipient of variety of important Indian awards like the Padma Shri Award, Padma Vibhushan award, Arjuna Award, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award as well as special award from AIBA.

Mary Kom has again proved (by winning a gold medal in the Asian Games 2014) that struggle, hard work and continuity do not go waste. These are surely the way to success which definitely would shower win a day and make a dream come true.

Mary Kom’s Quotes

  • “Don’t give up as there is always a next time. Think that if Mary Kom, a mother of two, can do it, why can’t you?.
  • “If I, being a mother of two, can win a medal, so can you all. Take me as an example and don`t give up”.
  • “People used to say that boxing is for men and not for women and I thought I will show them some day. I promised myself and I proved myself.”
  • “Boxing is not easy. When I started, my male friends would say it is not a woman’s sport. But I say if men can do it then why not women.”
  • “I still remember I was castigated by my father who said with a battered and bruised face, I should not expect to get married. He was furious that I took to boxing – a taboo for women – and he did not have the slightest idea about it. But my passion for the sport had got the better of me and I thank my cousins who coaxed and cajoled my father into eventually giving his nod. I’m happy that I did not let anybody down.”
  • “To be a successful boxer one must also have a strong heart. Some women are physically strong but fail when it comes to having a strong heart. One also must have the zeal and the right fighting spirit. We work harder than men and are determined to fight with all our strength to make our nation proud. God has given me the talent and it’s only because of sheer grit and hard work that I have made it so far.”
  • “My whole country was hoping for me to win a gold medal, and I am sorry I have not come back with that.”
  • “I do not only rely on my technique or strength but also on my mind,”
  • “We work harder than men and are determined to fight with all our strength to make our nation proud. God has given me the talent and it’s only because of sheer grit and hard work that I have made it so far.”
  • “To be a successful boxer one must also have a strong heart. Some women are physically strong but fail when it comes to having a strong heart. One also must have the zeal and the right fighting spirit”.
  • “I am going to do everything exactly the same as normal, but hopefully the crowd will give me a boost and I can get that gold.”
  • “I was initially an all-round athlete, and 400-m and javelin were my pet events. When Dingko Singh returned from Bangkok (Asian Games) with gold, I thought I should give it a try. Dingko’s success triggered a revolution of sort in Manipur and surprisingly I found that I was not the only girl who was drawn into boxing.”
  • “Everyone is scared and asking me questions if I am going to quit. I want to tell them that don’t worry, I am not retiring and will continue. How long is a little difficult to answer but may be two to four years.”
  • “People now want to know more about our state, which is a good sign.”
  • “I am in the police force, but boxing keeps me busy. I have won an Olympic medal but my dream is not yet finished. It shall be fulfilled the day I do something in my department to fight crime.”
  • “In the ring I can do anything, any style of boxing, movement or trick. But acting is very hard for me.”
  • “It has been a tough journey. I carried on with the support of family and friends. Despite the loss today, I am satisfied with the way I performed.”
  • “My main focus is to train more women boxers and make them excel.”
  • “I want to continue playing the game.”
  • “It just was not my day after all. My coach Charles Atkinson helped me a lot and prayed for my success. I want to thank everyone who supported me and I am sorry that I could not convert the bronze into a silver or gold.”
  • “I have been training since I was 12 years old and to think I am nearly there now makes me so happy.”
  • “Mary Kom is an amazing woman. What an effort to win a medal for India. We all are extremely proud of you.”
  • “Despite being the mother of two, she’s one of the country’s shining hopes at the Olympics. She is an inspiration not only for the North-Eastern people but also for women who endure hardships on a daily basis.”
  • “It is indeed a moment of grief and disappointment. But we congratulate her for earning the first Olympic medal for Manipur.”
  • “Punch Mary punch, you can do it.”
  • “I join the nation in congratulating boxer Mary Kom for winning the Olympic bronze medal in the 51kg women’s boxing event. She showed great discipline and determination and has done India proud.”
  • “It is all in the hands of god. The Almighty only blessed Mary in half and not fully. But we’re consoled by the fact that Mary will bring home an Olympic medal, which is the dream of every sportsperson.”
  • “I don’t have any grudge against Indian coaches. But her headgear should have been fixed better. I did see some technical flaws on Mary’s part. Her performance was unlike the previous fight. But a game is a game. One will have to either win or lose. It also depends on luck. But it is good that she would be bringing home a medal.”

Mary Kom family

Mary Kom family includes her parents (Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom), her husband (K Onler Kom) and her twin’s son (Rechungvar and Khupneivar). She is very caring and responsible towards her family members. She is very attached to her parents, husband and her most lovable children. Together with her boxing career she plays her responsibility towards her family very well. Her family is very proud of her by getting her as a daughter, wife and mother. He has proved herself as a Magnificent Mary in every field of the life. She gets full support from her husband and parents in her boxing career.

Family background

MC Mary Kom was born in the Kangathei of Churachanpur district in the Manipur state of India. Her parents named Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom were worked in the jhum fields. She belongs to the tribal community of the north-eastern state of Manipur, India. Her family background tells a lot of story about magnificent Mary, how she defeated and managed her hardship and various difficulties in order to stand herself in the world boxing arena. Her parents were managing their living by hard work in the jhum fields. Even, Mary worked hard in the fields, cut woods, made charcoal and fishing in order to help her parents. She also does her responsibility very well towards her younger sisters and brother. She was very keen towards the sports and athletics since her childhood without any thought of being good athlete in the future. Instead of being interested in the sports she has completed her study. She inspired towards the boxing by the rise of Dingko Singh and exhibition of women boxers of the 5th National Games in Manipur. She joined the boxing to help her family financially somehow and started getting training under the coach and adviser, Shri. Ibomcha Singh.

Guardian

The guardians of MC Mary Kom are her parents and her most caring husband, K Onler Kom. She met him in the Delhi and decided to get marry with him. He found her husband a good guide, a caring friend and a great philosopher for her life. Her father was very upset about her marriage when she joined boxing. He thought that she will get her face bruised in the boxing and then she would not get any relation for getting married. One of the quotes related to her is: “I still remember I was castigated by my father who said with a battered and bruised face, I should not expect to get married. He was furious that I took to boxing – a taboo for women – and he did not have the slightest idea about it. But my passion for the sport had got the better of me and I thank my cousins who coaxed and cajoled my father into eventually giving his nod. I’m happy that I did not let anybody down,” she has told the Deccan Herald in the September 2004.

Children (kids)

Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom has twins baby, both of the twins are son, named Rechungvar and Khupneivar. She is on maternity leave to give birth of her third child, which has been already named by her as Prince. She is the lucky mother as she has been adorned by the God with the cute and nice children in her life. She is very conscious about the health, care and study of her children. She gives her precious time to them and nurtures them as a responsible mother.

Mary Kom Biopic

Starred by: Priyanka Chopra

Directed by: Omang Kumar

Produced by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

It is the great news that a film on the Mary Kom, five times boxing champion, biopic is being starred by the National award winning famous actor Priyanka Chopra. It is known that Mary Kom, a mother of three children, is waiting for the release of her biopic very excitedly away from the ring as she is on maternity leave after giving birth to her third child named, Prince. She is very eager about the film based on her life portraying on the screen by the Priyanka Chopra.

She has told in the one of her statements that “I was first told about the idea of a film on me during the London Olympics and my first reaction was that ‘it’s a joke’. But now that is being made, I am very excited and happy about it”. She has also told that “As a Manipuri, I am very proud to be the first from my region on whom a Bollywood film is being made.”

Mary Kom has said that Priyanka Chopra is the right choice for playing her role in the film on her life even she does not belong to the north-east. The film Director Omang Kumar has chosen the right actor for the film. Priyanka Chopra mate her for two days for preparing herself for the role as well as bring reality in the role. She visited the home town of Mary Kom to feel her life style, struggles, style of talk, interests and many things to bring it on the screen.

Mary Kom has already seen most of the movies starred by Priyanka Chopra and appreciated her talent of doing movies. She said that, she liked very much the biopic on the legendary Milkha Singh life in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. According to her the film starrer, Farhan Akhtar, really look same like Milkha.

It is noted that Priyanka Chopra in order to research on her role as a boxer she would take four months of hard training by the Mary Kom in Imphal. Instead of her hectic schedule she has also visited the real place where Mary Kom used to of her boxing practices. In the upcoming film, the actor would look same like the National icon dressed in a track pants, a top with a ponytail.

The actor turned singer, Priyanka Chopra is very excited and stressed too playing the role of sportswoman Indian champion in the upcoming biopic. Mary Kom has told that the actor was welcomed to her home town with their customary folk dance ‘Kom Khurpui Lam’ where the actor also enjoyed the dance.

The upcoming biopic of Mary Kom by the famous actor is considered that it will cover the personal life from her marriage to manager Onler Kom, her struggles in achieving success in international competitive boxing career including her five times boxing championship. It is considered that, nobody in her family was known about her interest to boxing. Her father became aware of all things only after reading her achievements in the newspaper. Recently she has won a bronze medal in 2012 for India in the Summer Olympics.