Balancing motherhood & boxing a tough act: Mary Kom

Mary Kom has had little time to celebrate the gold medal she won at Asian Boxing C`ship.

New Delhi: M C Mary Kom has had little time to celebrate the fifth gold medal she won at the Asian Boxing Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The reason being, she has been busy getting her child
treated at a city hospital after he suddenly fell ill while
she was competing in the event last week.

For `Magnificent Mary`, as she has been dubbed by the
International Boxing Association (AIBA), it`s part of the
tough balancing act that comes with being a mother and a
four-time world champion boxer.

"It has been very hectic since my return. I got the news
of one of my twins not being well during the Championship
itself. I was very worried but he is fine now," the
27-year-old Manipuri said.

Mary Kom returned to the country late Monday night and
was at a hospital yesterday to get some tests done on her son,
who developed a strain in his face.

"It`s difficult to manage motherhood and a career which
involves so much travelling. I find it hard to leave my kids
behind when I go for international tournaments or for national
camps," the pin weight (46kg) boxer said.

"My husband takes care of the family and gives me the
strength to keep going. He just tells me to forget about
everything, whether it`s the problems in Manipur which
directly affect my family or the kids when I am competing,"
she added.

A Khel Ratna awardee, Mary Kom has clinched virtually
every international medal which is there to be won except for
the Olympics where women`s boxing would make its debut in

As age catches up with her, the key to a medal at London
Olympics would be fitness and the largely injury-free boxer
said she follows a gruelling training schedule to keep herself
in shape.

"I train very hard. Besides, god has been kind to me. My
family keeps me motivated and the expectations of the people
also drive me. Everytime I compete, I know people expect me to
win and that motivates me," she said.

She is currently working on adding more power to her
punches as in the increasingly competitive women`s boxing,
judges no longer award points on a soft touch.

"The punch has to be hard because the judges give points
only when there is a loud thud or the impact is visible on
your opponent," she explained.

The Indian Boxing Federation is looking for a foreign
coach and Mary Kom said it would be good to have a new brain
in the team who can introduce new ideas.

"Sometimes a new coach can add a new dimension to your
game, bring in a new training routine and that helps a lot,"
she said.


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