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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsThere used to be a time when Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte was a completely unknown name. Back in the day, with zero videos of her bouts online and not even a single news channel covering her progress, if you'd told her that one day, she is going to be ranked number 1 in the whole world by the International Boxing Federation (AIBA), she would have knocked you out cold with an uppercut for mocking her. #WWCHs2018 Finals - Light Fly (48kg)@MangteC (IND) defeats Mi Hyang Kim (PRK) and becomes 2018 AIBA World Champion!! Congratulations Mary ð¥ð¥ðª#AIBAFamily #ChampsBornHere @BFI_official pic.twitter.com/wlSLmbJHvB — AIBA (@AIBA_Boxing) November 24, 2018 When she was only 13, Mary knew that she wanted to become a professional boxer. Despite her soon-to-be coach Leishangthem Ibomcha Singh, who was responsible for bringing up around 50 international medal winners from within the state of Manipur, constantly challenging her, and her aspirations of becoming a pugilist, Mary, like any stubborn teenager, stuck to what she wanted. Living in an insurgency-bound Imphal, Mary's journey to success was full of constant terror and adversities. With endless reports of kidnappings, shootings and bombings ever since Manipur's merging with India, the idea of 'do whatever your heart says' wasn't exactly a number one priority for the people living there. In fact, the situation was so bad up there, that even Mary Kom's own father-in-law was murdered by the insurgents soon after she got married to Onler Kom in 2005. While there's no denying Mary Kom's hard work and raw passion for the sport that has taken her this far in life, it is Onler Kom, Mary's husband who has been her anchor during the experience. Full of compassion and regard for her wife, Onler has never backed out of supporting her dreams. “I knew her dreams and was ready to help her in every way," Onler told The Times of India. “I had my own dreams, but when I came to know her it changed… I married her for her simplicity and her willingness to become a successful sportswoman.” View this post on Instagram “A man's success is measured by what his wife and children say about him. Money and accomplishments mean nothing if you let your home fail.” With my hubby @onler_kom #travelling @selfclicked #blessings A post shared by Mary Kom (@mcmary.kom) on Dec 5, 2018 at 3:37am PST Despite the support, what a lot of people do not realise is how much being a mother of three can take a toll on your professional career. With a lot of extra responsibilities on her shoulders as compared to any of her opponents along with the growing age, the 35-year-old, somehow, manages not only to take out time to train herself but also to train nearly 130 young and aspiring students at the Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation, an academy initiated by the boxer and her husband to inspire, motivate and train India's finest pugilists of all time. “This Boxing Academy is a reality of my dream of creating a Centre of excellence to produce the best boxing champions for India,” Mary Kom conveys her message on the website. Mary once said that there lies a story of struggle behind every medal that she's ever won. In her long, successful and inspirational career, the Arjuna and Padma Shri awardee has made and broken various records whilst becoming the most successful boxer in the history of Women's World Championships by winning a record 6th gold medal last year. Recently ranked Number One in the world, Mary Kom has no intentions of throwing in the towel just yet as she has already begun preparing for Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Mary Kom Singing 'Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh' Proves She's Much More Than Just Brute Muscle
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsMary Kom recently booked her spot in the pages of history with her 6th consecutive win in a boxing championship at the AIBA Women's World Championships. Manipur-born Mary Kom is by far one the greatest boxing champions the country has seen in recent times and it is not just her talent in the boxing ring that's commendable. © Instagram The entire nation has witnessed her grit and determination time and again, but her skills on display at every championship is an absolute treat to the eyes. Her moves are lethal and so craftily planted that the opponent hardly truly recovers from her take. However, if you felt that boxing is the only talent Mary Kom boasts of, you couldn't have been more wrong! Recently, at an event where Mary Kom was in attendance, the boxer took to the stage and sang her own rendition of the classic Lata Mangeshkar song, 'Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh' from the movie 'Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai'. Her soulful rendition of the song was well received by everyone present at the event, as she serenaded to the karaoke music of the song. The video has since gone viral across various social media platform. Imagine the amount of talent she possesses! She really is a complete package, and sure has a lot of feathers added to her hat. We shall be looking forward to seeing more of her hidden talents in the time to come, but in the meantime we're celebrating her massive win just like the rest of the country.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsProving his mettle as an internationally acclaimed shooter, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has brought many laurels to his country. Plying his trade in Double Trap Shooting, he won 25 international medals at various championships including the coveted silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. If his exploits in competitive shooting established him as a popular marksman, Rathore's reign as India's Sports Minister has been cherished and hailed by sportspersons and fans alike. The 48-year-old continues to strive for the betterment of Indian sports and the athletes across the country. But, it's his latest actions that have once again won our hearts. The Sports Minister recently visited the Indira Gandhi stadium in New Delhi where he helped India's acclaimed boxer Mary Kom train. In a thrilling practice session, Rathore was seen wearing punching mitts and helping Mary perfect some of her signature moves. While Rathore tried to catch the Indian boxer by surprise by swift movements, Mary looked up to task, landing perfect punches close to his face. Seeing is believing. Thank you Hon'ble @Ra_THORe ji for all the supports and encouragement's. #PunchMeinHainDum @BFI_official @Media_SAI @IndiaSports pic.twitter.com/0lEty9NIEb — Mary Kom (@MangteC) November 1, 2018 Later, Mary took to Twitter and shared the exciting video that showed her sparring with Rathore. "Seeing is believing. Thank you Hon'ble @Ra_THORe ji for all the supports and encouragement's," she tweeted. While Mary lauded the support of Rathore ahead of Women's Boxing World Championships - slated to begin from 15th November in the capital, the netizens praised the Indian Sports Minister for his sweet gesture. Beautiful and superb a very rare thing to see well done sir it's gives a very positive message and encouragement to all sports lover B blessed Jai Hind — Anil Devgan (@AnilDevgan5) November 1, 2018 Feel proud & all the best to Sport ministry. Please set up Talent Hunt camps at District level. In 1.35 Billion Indians we must have more Olympic medal winner .... #SwasthBharat #SwachBharat — Ashish Desai (@Ashish10478) November 1, 2018 My country is changing...@narendramodi ji what an apt choice as sports minister....great going Rathore Ji... — Dev (@dev071427) November 1, 2018 india's leadership be like this...#transformingindia — saurabh singh (@saurabh35995733) November 1, 2018 Exemplary leadership!!! — Bahubali09 (@bahubali09) November 1, 2018 Seeing is believing. We love this quote! Anyone can #BeTheWorldsEye anywhere with just a smartphone ðThanks for sharing this footage with everyone ð — Snapparazzi (@Snapparazzi1) November 1, 2018 That's what we wanted a sportsman as sport minister — sachin walukar (@walukar123) November 1, 2018 Brilliant !!! What a sport our minister is !!! Well done — H.S.Bantiya (@SBantiya) November 1, 2018