London Olympics bronze medallist boxer Mary Kom feels that less awareness about sports in India has led to just 2 medals in the recently concluded Rio Olympics. Mary Kom, who is now a Rajy Sabha MP opines that awareness, is very important to produce results in sports.
Mary Kom describes her trial as unfortunate
The champion boxer also described her trial for the Rio Olympics as ‘unfortunate.’ She said things probably would have been in her favour had there been more competitions for women. ‘I only got two chances to qualify. Male boxers get five to six chances, but even then many of them did not qualify,’ she said. She expressed hope that things would change for better after the upcoming boxing federation elections.
Five-time world champion, Mary Kom received an honorary doctorate degree conferred upon her by the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU). She was given this degree for her contributions in the field of sports.
Mary Kom urges students to follow their dreams
In her acceptance speech, the pugilist said she would ‘cherish’ the degree forever. She urged students to enjoy doing what they do. She said only then they would overcome the difficulties while following their dreams.
‘I am here (at the University) today is because I want to support you in your dreams and endeavours. Why I have so many recognition and honour was because of my dream and my passion,’ she said. She also said that hard work, passion, patience and dedication are the mantras to become successful.