MC Mary Kom, born on 24 November 1982 in Manipur, is an Indian amateur boxer who has won the World Amateur Boxing Champion title six times and the first Olympic medal for the nation in female boxing. Mary belonged to a low-income family where her parents, Mangte Akham Kom & Mangte Tonpa Kom, were farmers who worked in the jhum fields. She was Entitled "Magnificent Mary" by the International Boxing Association' AIBA' in 2008 and an incumbent member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, in 2016. She accompanied Manpreet Pawar as a flag bearer in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Became International Boxing Association's Ambassador for Women's Boxing in 2009.
Entitled as the "Sportswoman of the Year" by Sahara Sports Awards in 2010.
Won the Asian Cup Women's Boxing Tournament in 48 Kg category in the year 2011.
Omung Kumar made a Hindi Biopic film, "Mary Kom," in 2014 upon her journey from a small village to the Olympics. It also depicts how she went through several hardships before audaciously accomplishing her ultimate dream.
Asian Gameswinner in Flyweight in 51 kg category in 2014.
Kom was the first Indian women boxer to get a gold medal in Asian Games in 2014 at Incheon, South Korea.
Mary Kom holds a five-time record for winning the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships.
At the Commonwealth Games of 2018, Kom bagged a gold medal in the light flyweightcategory (48 kg).
Bagged her sixth world title at the AIBA Women's World Championship 2018 and became the first female boxer to claim six world titles.
In 2018, The government of Manipur gave her the "Meethoileinna" title.
She won gold in the President Cup, Indonesia, in 2019.
Bestowed with an Indian sports honor, the "Arjuna Award" in 2003 by the Government of India.
Honoured with an Indian civilian award, "Padma Shree," in 2006 by the Government of India.
"People of the Year" by Limca Book of Records in 2007.
Real Heroes Award by CNN-IBN & Reliance Industries' in 2008.
Featured as the Pepsi MTV Youth Icon of the Year by MTV India in 2008.
Mary was bestowed with the highest sporting honor of India- Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, formerly known as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, in 2009.
Kom received the Indian civilian award "Padma Bhushan" in 2013 by the Government of India, being the first amateur athlete to receive the honor.
Mary Kom was featured in the Olympians for Life by the World Olympians Association in 2016.
She has received her Honorary Doctorate (D.litt) from North-Eastern Hill University in March 2016 and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Kaziranga University in January 2019.
Mary got honored with the second-highest civilian award after the Bharat Ratna - Padma Vibhushan in 2020.
Awarded with the Aces Sports Awards 2021.
In 2021, Mary was conferred with the Star of the decade.
The World Olympians Association (WOA) has recognized Mary Kom with an honorarium of the suffixing name "OLY" for signifying her ongoing role in society as an Olympian, living & promoting the Olympic values.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has awarded Mary Kom with the first AIBA Legends awards for "promising boxing career."
Updated On : 01 Mar, 2022
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