For Kom, bring out the pom­poms!

Sportstar - - COVER STORY - Y. B. SARANGI

As Mary Kom rightly pointed out, her lat­est world crown was the most dif­fi­cult one.

In the daz­zling light of Mary Kom’s aura, her early toil for recog­ni­tion re­mains in the dark. Those ini­tial days laid the foun­da­tion on which now stands the tow­er­ing ca­reer of the six­time world cham­pion. When women’s box­ing it­self was in its in­fancy, Mary’s first two world ti­tles un­der­stand­ably got luke­warm re­sponse in the coun­try.

It was a re­flec­tion of the sta­tus of the sport and its prac­ti­tion­ers at large.

“At that time no one knew about women’s box­ing. The na­tional camp used to be held at smaller Sports Author­ity of In­dia cen­tres and there were not many fa­cil­i­ties for the box­ers. No one cared for the sport,” said for­mer na­tional coach Anoop Ku­mar, re­mem­ber­ing the early 2000s.

“In 2006, when we hosted the world cham­pi­onships and eight of our girls got

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