Mary Kom accorded hero’s welcome
IMPHAL, Sept 27 – Manipur Government is considering to christen a road or a sports stadium after five times world boxing woman champion MC Mary Kom.
Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh hinted this while speaking at the State sponsored reception to boxer Mary Kom at Khuman Lampak Indoor Stadium here on Saturday.
The woman boxer was accorded a hero’s welcome by the people on her homecoming after the historic victory in the world of sports by clinching the fifth World Championship title consecutively in Barbados recently.
The Chief Minister also said that the government will allot a two-acre plot of land at Langol for expansion of her boxing academy – MC Mary Kom Boxing Academy.
The young boxer and mother of two was also given an incentive cash award of Rs 10 lakh besides promoting her to the rank of Additional Superintendent of Police.
Thousands of people, including students, lined up along the road from Imphal Airport to the city and garlanded the Manipuri boxer. Enthusiastic crowds packed the Indoor Stadium at Khuman Lampak.
The Chief Minister said Manipur is proud of such a talented sportsperson.
Sports Minister, N Biren who presided over the function announced that the government will give an incentive award of Rs 1 crore to sportspersons of Manipur who could secure gold medal in the Olympic Games.
“She is a legend and a rare sportsperson in the world. We are proud of Manipur for producing such a legendary sportsperson,” Biren said wishing that she would bring another landmark achievement in the forthcoming Olympic Games.
Mary Kom, in tearful joy, said that all incentives received by her will be invested in developing her boxing academy. Recalling how she was brought up in a poor family, she said special advantage will be given to poor students in her academy.
Source: The Assam Tribune