Indian boxing legend MC Mary Kom stated that the ambition to win an Olympic gold medal for the country is what has kept her going for so long and that the desire has not diminished despite several achievements in her career.
“I may have won the world championships, won international titles or even a bronze medal but I will keep working and will not give up until I achieve my dream of an Olympic gold,” the 37-year-old said when she went live from the Sports Authority of India’s Facebook page.
“There will be ups and downs, you may win some and lose some but the key is to keep going and you will realise your dreams if you work hard and have the willpower.”
Mary Kom helped put North-East India on the sporting map with her tremendous resolve and the Manipuri reminisced about the trying circumstances she endured while growing up.
“I came from a poor family and it was difficult to reach this level. I struggled a lot, there was not much infrastructure to train but I was mentally strong and I did extra work, other than what the coaches did,” she stated.
“I had the will to do it and so never stopped at any hurdle and the love and respect you have given me means a lot.”
Mary Kom also mentioned how tough it was to undertake the journey of proving herself once more after giving birth and that she was satisfied that she had done so with aplomb.
The Indian boxer, who qualified for a second Olympics at the Asian boxing Olympic qualifiers last month in Amman, Jordan also appealed to the nation to pray for her success.
Mary Kom had been in self-isolation at her Delhi residence since returning from Jordan and the nation-wide lockdown due to the coronavirus means that she will be spending time at home till at least April 15.
She requested citizens to be mindful of the situation and follow the government advisories to fight the pandemic.
“The only way to help the government and medical teams is to stay at home, it may not be easy, but it is our best option,” she appealed.