Tendulkar salutes ‘Magnificent Mary’

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2010, 22:29 PM IST

New Delhi: Star cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has become the latest to heap praise on Indian woman boxer MC Mary Kom for her unprecedented feat of five world titles, describing her achievements as “remarkable”.

The 27-year-old mother-of-two from Manipur is the only woman boxer to clinch a medal at each of the six World Championships, starting with a silver in the inaugural edition in 2001.

And Tendulkar, an iconic figure in international cricket, lauded the diminutive boxer after coming back from South Africa from the Champions League Twenty20.

“Got 2 knw abt Mary Kom’s stupendous achievement when I got back frm SA. Simply amazing! All the more remarkable aft taking break n havin 2kids,” the veteran batsman wrote on his Twitter page.

An overwhelmed Mary Kom, who clinched the light fly weight 48kg gold in the latest World Championships, said she felt honoured after being complimented by one of her favourite athletes.

“I am honoured to get appreciation from him. I don’t watch much cricket but I like Sachin Tendulkar. He is somebody who every Indian sportsperson should learn from,” Mary Kom told a news agency.

“I have never met him but from whatever I have seen of him on TV, he comes across as very humble,” she added.

Dubbed ‘Magnificent Mary’ by the International Boxing Association, Mary Kom has also been picked for the Asian Games in November after giving trials within 24 hours of landing in Delhi from Barbados, where the latest World Championship was held.

PTI