Eye on Olympic gold

M. C. Mary Kom was named the Sportswoman of the Year (Other Individual Sport) at the Sportstar Aces Awards supported by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, in association with MRF.

“I’ve been winning since 2001, and I have nearly won everything there is to win. But I’m still hungry,” says Mary Kom.   -  AFP

M. C. Mary Kom, a seven-time world champion, isn’t satisfied with the sole medal she has gained at the Olympics — the bronze at the London Olympics in 2012.

The boxer, who was adjudged the Sportswoman of the Year (Other Individual Sport) at the Sportstar Aces Awards supported by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, in association with MRF, admitted her main aim is to clinch the Olympic gold in 2020. “I’ve been winning since 2001, and I have nearly won everything there is to win. But I’m still hungry. And to be honest, I still have one major aim to fulfil, and that is a gold medal at the Olympics. I had won a bronze medal before, but I don’t have the gold. That’s why I’m gearing up for it. If I achieve it, it will be a dream come true,” she said.

Expressing optimism on the future of Indian sports, she said, “A few good boxers are coming up, and I hope they become champions and earn laurels for India. Not just boxing, Indians are achieving success in other sports as well, like badminton.”

She noted, “The (Boxing Federation of India) chief (Ajay Singh) is personally very involved with the boxers, personally checking on their progress, and that’s really nice.”

She underlined the value of exposure. “Nowadays, there is good exposure, with foreign coaches. Our coaches are also learning, and that’s a good thing,” she said.

She added: “For (sportspersons) right guidance is important; otherwise, the success cannot continue for very long.”