Vastavam web: Every medal is a story of struggle, says the indomitable M C Mary Kom, who considers her fifth Asian Championship gold medal special as it came despite the many roles she has had to play outside the ring in the past one year.Mary Kom, a five-time world champion and Olympic bronze- medallist, scripted history today by becoming the first boxer to claim five gold medals at the continental meet in the Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh.Besides being an active and top-level boxer, the 35- year-old is a sitting Rajya Sabha MP, whose attendance in the house has never been brought into question, a government observer for boxing in the country and a “very busy” mother to her three sons.
Add to this, she is also involved in the running of her academy in Imphal, along with her husband Onler Kom.”I have been an active MP, I am attending Parliament regularly and despite that I trained hard for this championship. Since I am a government observer, I have to be present at meetings related to the running of the sport as well. I hope people realise how tough it is,” she said.She was last year honoured with the AIBA Legends’ award for her long and sparkling career, which also includes a gold medal at the the 2014 Asian Games.
The pace of her life is sometimes hard to keep up with, admits Mary Kom but throwing in the towel is not an option for her.”After this (the Asian Championships), I have to travel to Lausanne for an IOC athletes forum. And I hate journeys now. The travelling wears me down, it is actually quite horrible to go from one airport to another in a matter of days. But you can’t walk away from your responsibilities and commitments,” she explained.”They are already so scared of me, my five world titles and reputation are also helping in some way. They seem scared of touching me. It can actually get quite frustrating but I have to keep my calm, whether the opponent is scared or rough and tough. I have to adjust, control and handle immediately in a matter of seconds,” she said.
“I don’t have the burden of putting on weight. This weight (48kg) is natural for my body. This category, in fact, works best for me. Some of the boxers I faced here (in Vietnam) have competed against me in 51kg category. It felt nice to beat them, a huge morale-booster for me,” she elaborated.Her next target is the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and when asked how she has managed to keep the motivation level in tact, Mary Kom said, “I don’t know how I do it, I can only thank god. One reason that I can think of is that I don’t have any major fitness issues.