Indian boxer Mary Kom on Wednesday created history after winning a gold medal at Asian Championship for the fifth time and told that the feat is a “special” one for her.
“This medal is very special to me just like all other medals I have won because it has its own story of struggles. Every medal I have won is a story of a difficult struggle. I am hoping this medal, which has come after I became an MP, will enhance my reputation even further. I hope my stature grows,” Mary Kom told PTI in an interview.
Talking about her struggles outside the arena, the boxer said, “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.”
“I have been juggling so many roles. I am a mother too, I have three sons to take care of. I don’t even know how I manage to pull it off sometimes,” she added.
Mentioning about her future plans, Kom told that she would now travel to Lausanne for an IOC athletes forum.
“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.
The Indian boxer revealed that the shift that she made from 51kg to 48kg category at the end of last year has suited her.
“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.
“The competition has certainly improved but I have responded well to it because this weight category suits me,” she added.
“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.
Talking about her fitness, she told that it isn’t really a major concern for as she has never faced any major problems on that front.
“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. “I have a very fit body and have never faced any major injury problems. So yes, the secret to my success is my fit body,” she signed off.