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Mary Kom to quit boxing after 2016 Rio Olympics

Mar 3, 2015 13:13 IST

Olympic medalist pugilist MC Mary Kom on 2 March 2015 announced that she will quit boxing after the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. She decided to retire after the Olympic Games as her body would not be able to cope with the rigours of the sport any further.

The 32-year-old May Kom who won a bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics said that after retirement she will concentrate on her boxing academy set up in Imphal, Manipur.

About MC Mary Kom
• Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom also known as MC Mary Kom is an Indian boxer belonging to Kom tribal community of the north-eastern state of Manipur.
• She is a five-time World Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.
• She is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, who won a bronze medal in the flyweight (51 kg) category.
• She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.
• Nicknamed Magnificent Mary was born on 1 March 1983 in Kangathei, in Churachandpur district of Manipur.

Some awards and hounours conferred on Mary Kom includes
• In 2013, she received Padma Bhushan for Sports
• In 2010, she received Padma Shree for Sports
• In 2003, she received Arjuna Award for Boxing
• In 2009, she was honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award


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