In the world of athletes, the designation of ‘Olympian’ or OLY, granted by the World Olympians Association, is the greatest title of honour for a sportsperson, as it signifies his or her perseverance and dedication, to uphold the principles and enactments of the Olympic Charter, and to become an example of this for society at large. Today marks such a day of pride for India as Mary Kom has been awarded the same.
The 36 year old superstar puglist from Manipur posted on her Twitter the Certificate of Recognition from the WOA, signed by the president Joël Bouzou, and showed her gratitude towards WOA and the International Olympic Committee. Check it out below-
— Mary Kom (@MangteC) November 7, 2019
Six times AIBA World Boxing Champion and former rank 1 in Light Flyweight category, Mary won a Bronze medal in the 51 kg flyweight category at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She also secured golds at the 2014 Asian Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games.
A mother of three, Mary was awarded the Padma Shri in 2006 and the Padma Bhushan in 2013. She is a member of Parliament, and was also nominated by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in 2017 as a national observer for boxing.
In the recent 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships hosted last month in Ulan-Ude, Russia, Mary had to resolve with a bronze after being eliminated in the semifinal Buse Çakıroğlu, who secured a silver at the tournament.