India’s boxing queen Mary Kom is mustering the grit and energy to make one final bid for an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo on the age of 38. Kom’s rags-to-riches story grew to become the stuff of legend when she received a bronze medal on the 2012 London Video games, the primary time girls’s boxing was an Olympic occasion. A Bollywood film — “Mary Kom” — was made from her life in 2014 with Priyanka Chopra within the lead position and followers saved the religion even when she did not win a spot on the 2016 Rio Video games. “Magnificent Mary”, because the nationwide treasure is thought, repaid them when she received a file sixth world title in 2018. Now she will probably be India’s flag beareralong with males’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh on the Tokyo opening ceremony earlier than she competes within the 51kg flyweight competitors. Kom is aware of this would be the final roll of the cube, however is set.
“Will step into the ring to battle for the gold, to make us all proud once more,” Kom, a mom of 4, mentioned on Twitter.
“Tokyo will probably be my final Olympics,” she instructed the Olympic Channel. “Age issues right here. I’m 38 now, occurring 39. 4 extra years is a very long time.”
Kom mentioned she was “fairly certain I will not be allowed to even when I’m keen to hold on until Paris 2024”.
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Kom will face fierce competitors from Turkish favorite Buse Naz Cakiroglu — who beat Kom on the earth championship semi-finals in 2019 — however India continues to be keen on its darling.
Vijender Singh, a boxing bronze medallist on the 2008 Beijing Video games, is assured Kom will succeed.
“India’s sporting fraternity is along with her. She has an Olympic medal to her title and has numerous expertise,” Singh instructed AFP.
Akhil Kumar, who received gold on the 2006 Commonwealth Video games, predicts two boxing medals for India in Tokyo, with Kom profitable certainly one of them.
Kom, who hails from a poor village within the northeastern state of Manipur, received a silver on the inaugural girls’s world championships in 2001, kickstarting her worldwide profession.
She went on to win gold at every of the following 5 world championships and clinched her sixth title in 2018.
The diminutive fighter — only one.58 metres (5 ft two inches) tall — broke gender stereotypes simply by breaking into the male-dominated sport after which achieved worldwide success whereas managing her position as a mom.
Kom was the star of the Commonwealth Video games opening ceremony in Delhi in 2010 despite the fact that girls’s boxing was nonetheless excluded.
The veteran boxer mentioned the Olympics had modified her profession trajectory.
“Changing into an Olympian and profitable the bronze modified my life too,” she mentioned. “It additionally impressed many ladies to take up sport, particularly boxing. I really feel proud.
“I need extra ladies to return out and battle. I hope there aren’t any restrictions on them to return out and battle for themselves and their nation.”
Kom grew to become the primary Indian lady boxer to win a gold medal on the Asian Video games, in 2014, and in addition triumphed on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games.
She moved from her most popular 48kg class to 51kg in pursuit of Olympic glory — there have been simply three weight divisions in girls’s boxing in 2012.
In London, simply 12 boxers took half within the flyweight occasion however the competitors has intensified and there are 5 rounds in Tokyo.
Kom has her work lower out however she has the load of a nation behind her.
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