Boxing Champion, Mary Kom’s NGO, ‘Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation’ is facing inquiry by the Home Ministry on funding issues for the organization along with 41 other such NGOs. According to the Ministry, these NGOs allegedly violated foreign funding rules.
Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust, Delhi, Asianet New Charitable Trust, Kerala, Amnesty International (India) Foundation and 17 other NGOs were served with a standard questionnaire.
Union Minister of Home said that the enquiry has been set up under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act and the audit and inspection in case of these 21 NGOs have been completed which includes organizations like Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, Delhi, NASSCOM, Delhi and Public Health Foundation of India.
Interestingly the foundation was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Imphal last March 16. Two Olympic medalists; boxer Vijender Kumar and wrestler Sushil Kumar was also present at the ceremony. The land was allotted by the Manipur government in 2013. According to reports, National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) funded the academy’s construction.
Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation was registered and established as a charitable trust in 2006. It was a pioneering initiative by 2012 London Olympics Bronze medalist, Padma Bhushan awardees and nominated Rajya Sabha MP, MC Mary Kom and her husband K Onler with the aim to promote boxing amongst underprivileged youth in Manipur and other parts the North Eastern India.
Located at the foot of Langol hills in Manipur’s Imphal West district, Mary Kom’s Boxing Academy, spread across 3.3 acres, is around 10 km from the center of State capital Imphal. It currently houses 45 young boxers, including 20 girls, at the three-storey building.