When did Mary Kom win the Olympic medal for India?

Mary Kom, a young woman from a tiny village in Manipur has made it to the Forbes list of top 100 celebrities in India and a Bollywood film on her life was also made in the year 2017. What makes this girl who was once working in paddy fields to support her large family, so special?

The indomitable spirit and unmatched determination that this five time international boxing champion possesses is simply unbelievable, beyond your wildest imagination. An unconventional sport that is not considered a “women’s game”, boxing was the sport that Mary Kom vehemently pursued in spite of opposition form her orthodox family.

Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom is the winner of all the World Amateur Boxing championships held from the year 2000 to 2005, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six World Championships. Between 2001 and 2006, she won the AIBA World Boxing Championship thrice in the years 2002, 2005, and 2006, and came second in the year 2001. Nicknamed ‘Magnificient Mary’, she is the only Indian women boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) and winning the bronze medal.

Not stopping with getting her own awards and recognitions, she started the MC Mary Kom Boxing Academy to help achieve the dreams of girls like her in her home state Manipur.


Find out what awards Mary Kom has won, and what recognitions has been bestowed upon her so far.

To Reflect Upon

bulletThere are games for boys, and there are games for girls to play. Why do you think this distinction was made in earlier times?