Now Manipur will have a road named after world boxing champion and pride of the State, M C Mary Kom.
A road in Imphal popularly known as Imphal West D C Road towards National Games village where six times world champion pugilist M C Mary Kom resides with her family, will be named as MC Mary Kom Road.
Announcing this during a state level felicitation function of the well known boxer Mary Kom in Imphal on Tuesday, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh while addressing the function at Khuman Lampak sports complex announced the title Meethoi Leima besides handing over a cheque of Rs 10 lakhs to her.
The mother of three kids was also adorned with the traditional attires as a mark of honour.
Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister Biren said that that ‘it is our pride to have Mary Kom as a daughter of our State’.
“Today, world knows her so well, no more words require to introduce her. People of Manipur will continue to shower their love and care for Mary Kom in her effort for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” he added.
N Biren also advised sports personalities and upcoming players for keeping discipline and to do extra practice to achieve something in their life.
Biren appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for nominating Mary Kom as member of Rajya Sabha and for selecting Manipur to establish the lone sports university in the country.
State Sports Minister Letpao Haokip also spoke on the occasion.
On the other hand sharing a moment with audience, Mary Kom said she would not have achieved so much in her career without people’s support despite having the skill and practice in boxing.
She also advised to young sports persons to give full concentration during practice sessions. ‘Regular practice and determination would give your best,’ she said.
Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar Singh, Cabinet ministers Th Biswajit (Power and Works), L Jayantakumar Singh (Health), Karam Shyam (Revenue), N Kayisii (Tribal & Hill Affairs), V Hangkhalian (Agriculture and Veterinary), Letpao Haokip (Sports) also spoke and attended the felicitation function along with MLAs, officials and players.
Mary Kom became the most successful boxer in the history of Women’s World Championships by winning her sixth gold medal with an unanimous result over Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in New Delhi last month end.
Thus she also matched Cuban men’s legend Felix Savon as the joint most successful pugilist (men and women) in the World Championships history.