NEW DELHI, March 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation in Imphal on March 16 and also present in the long-awaited event will be Olympic medallists � boxer Vijender Kumar and wrestler Sushil Kumar.
Nestled at the foot of Langol hills in Manipur�s Imphal West district, Mary Kom�s Boxing Academy, spread across 3.3 acres, is around 10 km from the centre of State capital Imphal. It currently houses 45 young boxers, including 20 girls, at the three-storey building.
The land was allotted by the Manipur government in 2013, and the academy�s construction was funded by National Sports Development Fund (NSDF).
�The foundation is grateful to both central and State government for establishment of these sports facilities after many years of struggle since its inception in 2006,� it said in a press release. �The foundation expresses their gratitude to PMO for making (it) to the event and formally handover the buildings to the foundation for promotion of boxing sports.�
A five-time world and Asian champion, Mary Kom is also the country�s only woman boxer with an Olympic medal (a bronze won in London 2012 Games). The 35-year-old was christened �Magnificent Mary� by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) a few years ago for her stellar career, which also includes an Asian Games gold medal.
The most recent chapter of her extraordinary life journey was becoming a Rajya Sabha MP in 2016 and winning her fifth Asian Championships gold medal a year later. � PTI