Determination did the trick for Mary

“It was very difficult for me to continue after my marriage but for support from my husband (K Onler). But it was much more difficult for me after child birth,’’ said Mary, who is the mother three-year-old twin sons K Renjchung Var and K Khupnei Var.

“I have the willpower to do anything and the determination to overcome any problems,”  said Mary Kom at a felicitation function here. The Manipuri said she doesn’t want her children to become pugilists.

“I won’t put my children in boxing as I don’t want them to suffer. Instead, I would like to make them good tennis players. I once played tennis but the sport is much more expensive,” said Mary.

The 27-year-old said she was disappointed that women’s boxing was not the part of Commonwealth Games. “It would have been nice if boxing was included at the CWG. These things are not in my hands,” Mary said.

About her future plans, she said, “I would like to become a coach once I quit boxing. I want to produce more women world champions and Olympic champions from my country.” Mary said she had enough experience to make the transition from 46kg to 48kg weight category so that she can compete at the upcoming Asian Games.

She will undergo selection trials for the Asian Games at the Talkatora Indoor stadium, the venue for the CWG boxing event, on Wednesday. The Indian Boxing Federation presented Mary a cheque of Rs one lakh while she received Rs two lakh from her sponsors Herbalife.

The Manipur government had announced a cash award of Rs 10 lakh for Mary after she became the first boxer to win five gold medals at the World Championships, which was held in Bridgetown, Barbados.

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