The Magnificent Mary Kom

The Mary Kom
The Mary Kom


  • Gold – 1st Women Nat. Boxing Championship, Chennai 6–12.2.2001
  • The East Open Boxing Champ, Bengal 11–14.12.2001
  • 2nd Sr World Women Boxing Championship, New Delhi 26–30.12.2001
  • National Women Sort Meet, N. Delhi 26–30.12.2001
  • 32nd National Games, Hyderabad 2002
  • 3rd Sr World Women Boxing Champ, Aizawl 4–8.3.2003
  • 4th Sr WWBC, Kokrajhar, Assam 24–28.2.2004
  • 5th Sr WWBC, Kerala 26–30.12.2004
  • 6th Sr WWBC, Jamshedpur 29 November-3.12.2005
  • 10th WNBC, Jamshedpur lost QF by 1–4 on 5.10.2009

Awards and recognitions:

  • Padma Bhushan (Sports), 2013
  • Arjuna Award (Boxing), 2003
  • Padma Shree (Sports), 2010
  • Contender for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2007
  • People of the Year- Limca Book of Records, 2007
  • CNN-IBN & Reliance Industries’ Real Heroes Award 14.4. 2008 Mon
  • Pepsi MTV Youth Icon 2008
  • ‘Magnificent Mary’, AIBA 2008
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, 2009
  • International Boxing Association’s Ambassador for Women’s Boxing 2009 (TSE 30 July 2009 Thur)
  • Sportswoman of the year 2010, Sahara Sports Award

For the Bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics

  • 50 lakh (US$83,000) cash award from the Rajasthan Government.
  • 50 lakh (US$83,000) cash award and two acres of land from the Manipur   Government.
  • 20 lakh (US$33,000) cash award from the Assam Government.
  • 10 lakh (US$17,000) cash award from the Arunachal Pradesh Government.
  • 10 lakh (US$17,000) cash award from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (India).
  • 40 lakh (US$66,000) cash award from the North Eastern Council.
Mary Kom celebrates after winning the match against Tunisia’s Maroua Rahali at Women's Fly 51kg during the London Olympic Games. (PTI photo)

Mary Kom celebrates after winning the match against Tunisia’s Maroua Rahali at Women’s Fly 51kg during the London Olympic Games. (PTI photo)

Okay, I know that the “awards and recognition” section of the article has taken up most of the space, but then omitting anything would be unfair! And anyway, you deserve to know. And you deserve to know more, so read on.

In the month of March 1983, in Kangathei, Churachandpur district of Manipur, Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, later aptly nicknamed “Magnificent Mary”, was born to farmer parents Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom. Being the eldest child, she used to help her parents work in the jhum fields. Since childhood, she always had a penchant for athletics. But what inspired her to finally go for boxing was the success of Dingko Singh (Indian boxer who won the gold medal at 1998 Asian Games and hails from Manipur). M. Narjit Singh, Manipur State Boxing Coach at Khuman Lampak,Imphal, trained the then young and determined lady who later went on to reach the stars.

She met her husband, the then Delhi University student K Onler Kom, for the first time in 2001 when she was in New Delhi on her way to National Games in Punjab. After four years of dating, they married in 2005 and are now happy parents of three adorable children — twin sons, Rechungvar and Khupneivar, and the youngest Prince Chungthanglen Kom.

The Kom family, before the birth of Prince Chungthanglen Kom. (courtesy: Mail Online India)

The Kom family, before the birth of Prince Chungthanglen Kom. (courtesy: Mail Online India)

The twins, with Prince in their midst. (Courtesy:

The twins, with Prince in their midst. (Courtesy:

The  five times world boxing champion and the only boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six World Women Boxing Championships, Magnificent Mary currently holds the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Manipur. Her success is known to everyone, but she knows best about the kind of struggles she has gone through to achieve so much. At a meeting organized by FICCI Women’s Association in January 2014, she narrated an incident that might seem familiar to many females, but unfamiliar when it comes to the victim’s reaction. On a particular Sunday, when she was 18 years old, she was late for Church. She called for a rickshaw, and much to her disgust, the rickshaw puller caught hold of her hand and tried to molest her. Being the “superwoman” that she is from inside, she kicked and punched him, leaving him unconscious. Such was the grit of that young lady. And the strength lives on. She penned her autobiography, titled “Unbreakable”, which was published by Harper Collins in late 2013. Go get one, and get inspired!

Grab a copy!

Grab a copy!

Currently, Kom is in the limelight, and that is because on September 5th this year, she is going to rock the silver screens, or so to speak! Bollywood veteran Sanjay Leela Bhansali is all set for the release of his film MARY KOM, which has Superstar Priyanka Chopra playing the titular character. The whole country, specially the Northeastern part of it, is waiting to watch the biopic. PeeCee looks promising as the protagonist, and what’s more, there are other actors in the movie who hail from Assam! Here is a sneak peek:

  • Rajni Basumatary (director of “Raag”) as Mary Kom’s mother.
  • Kenny Basumatary (Local Kung Fu fame) as friend of the male lead.
  • Koombang as “Lalboy”.
  • Pabitra Rabha ( of “Adhyay” fame) as bookie of “Lalboy”

Double treats of sorts, you see! The film sure is a must-watch!

A poster of the much-awaited movie

A poster of the much-awaited movie

The story of Mary Kom has inspired many. She has achieved a lot, but it is not enough for a go-getter like her. She will continue bringing laurels to her country and her region, without doubt! And oh, if you want to live her dream, as well as yours (only if that involves boxing!), enrol yourself in MC Mary Kom Boxing Academy which is located in the Langol foothills of Imphal West district. The Academy has been training a good number of boxing aspirants, so that even more dreams of becoming boxing Champions are fulfilled. The world is waiting!

“She is more Mother than Queen.”

This is what Saint Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church, spoke about the divine Mother Mary. And this is what, I believe, sums up the very essence of being that resides in Mary Kom. More than the Queen of boxing, she is a mother – not only that of her three sons, but also that of hope, inspiration and dreams for millions, and especially those who are handicapped by poverty, less opportunities, low confidence and most importantly, a discouraging environment. Rise up, look up to Mary, and learn to believe, that nothing is impossible. Struggle, Fight, Win and Live with Pride. Never let your dreams perish, and happiness is all that you will cherish.

And that is all I could pen (type, to be more specific!) about Mary Kom – Boxing Champion, responsible Mother, loving Wife, caring Daughter and Believer of her potential as well as dreams.

The Mary Kom

The Mary Kom

Psst…I stumbled upon this on the internet: Groovy! Now you know how to get closer to the living legend! Happy surfing!



Ruptrishna Nath

Student of media technologies, hobbyist photographer and writer. Sub-editor of Creativica (Your place will always be reserved on Creativica forever. R.I.P.).

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