New Delhi: Oct 13, 2014 Olympic bronze medalist M C Mary Kom was chosen as the Most Valuable Player of India’s Incheon Asian Games campaign at a felicitation of the medal winners by contingent sponsors Samsung India. Mary Kom, who became the first Indian woman boxer to win a gold medal in Asian Games when she clinched the yellow metal in the Incheon Games in flyweight (-51kg) class, was named the MVP after a poll.
The ace pugilist was awarded a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh by the organizers. All the 11 individual/team gold winners, including the men’s hockey team, were in the contest.
None of the members of gold-winning men’s hockey team turned up for the felicitation event while the Indian Olympic Association was represented by its treasurer Anil Khanna. Khanna said IOA President N Ramachandran and Secretary General Rajeev Mehta could not make it to the event as they had some “prior engagements”.
Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, pistol shooter Jitu Rai, discus thrower Seema Punia, 4x400m relay runner M R Poovamma were among those gold winners who turned up for the felicitation event.
India won 11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze in the Incheon Asian Games. Mary Kom said the gold in the Asian Games had proved that she can still be in her top form despite being a mother of three children. “Many people had doubted whether I would be able to win a gold in the Asian Games at this situation. First, it is difficult in our society to continue this kind of sport after having three children,” said the five-time world champion. “There is a mindset that a woman after becoming a mother cannot achieve success in sport. But I think I have proven wrong this kind of thinking and mindset,” she said.
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