Believe it or not : world's greatest woman boxer not good enough for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award !!

Posted by Unknown on Dec 3, 2008

In Brief : Only 4 months of training after a two-year sabbatical may not be ideal build-up for a World Championship but that is all M C Mary Kom needed as she clinched a historic 4th gold medal to become the most successful woman boxer in the world.

Yet, the pint-sized 46kg boxer, who returned to the capital on Monday, bagged the top honour with a comprehensive 7-1 verdict over Romania ’s Steluta Duta.
When MC Mary Kom started boxing, she had to convince her father that it was okay for a woman to try and storm what was considered a male bastion. Eight years and three World championship gold medals later, Mary Kom, now a mother, had to convince herself that she still had some fight left in her.

“Women boxers in India should be treated with more respect. They have been bringing laurels for the country regularly,” said the world’s most successful woman pugilist.
“I was extremely pained when I was denied the Khel Ratna Award,” she said.
“I had three world titles under my belt but the selection panel did not find me good enough to get the award.
“I was very upset because the panel had some eminent sportspersons, including the legendary Milkha Singh. At least they should have realised my contribution. It happened to me twice,” the boxer said with regret.
Mary Kom said despite being ignored time and again, she was not going to call it quits so easily.
Awards or no awards she is the real "Million Dollar Baby".

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source : PTI The Telegraph
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jabaz007 said...

Well that's the tragedy with India. if person is not political dose not gets benefit of oneself s talent

c'eSt la vie said...

thanks for dropping by at my Add....