IMPHAL, March 1 – Finally Manipur government has allotted a plot of land to the London Olympics bronze-medallist woman boxer MC Mary Kom to expand her 7 year old boxing academy in Imphal.
“The managing committee of Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the government of Manipur; Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and his cabinet for allotting 3.3 acres of land for construction of infrastructure for the existing boxing academy of MC Mary Kom at National Games Village, Langol which was established in the year 2006 with a vision-quality boxers with prestigious sports medal from underprivileged potential,” says Secretary Jimmy Leivon of the Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation in a press release in Imphal.” The Academy was set up basically for underprivileged youth of far flung area, providing them a training, lodging and fooding”.
O Ibobi Singh led ministry has promised to provide the said land when Mary Kom returned home after getting world champion title prior to London Olympic games. But the approval from the state authority came only recently.
Her boxing academy was established in the 2006 with focus on underprivileged potential as it provides free training and boarding and lodging to its wards. The academy has been renamed as Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation. Presently there are 57 students including 29 residential and 28 outsiders.
Expressing happiness over the government’s gesture, the Olympic medallist and mother of two children said, “My long cherished dream next to Olympics is coming closer to reality and I am very grateful to hon’ble CM Pabung O Ibobi Singh for his concern and his cabinets for kindly allotting a land to my boxing academy, which is yet to have its full fledged shape.” “I believe this will be a great motivation to my students to work harder and bring more laurels. Let us strive towards mentoring our future generation in whichever way we can,” she added.