Mary Kom was still basking in the glory of securing her Tokyo Olympics berth when the Coronavirus Pandemic put the entire sporting on hold. But Even as uncertainty looms over what would be her last Olympic games, Mary, who is in self-isolation at her Delhi residence, is not missing a beat as she continues to train and pay importance to her fitness. Also Read - No Food, no Jobs: Over 3 Lakh Trucks Stranded on Roads With Rs 35,000 Crore Goods Amid Lockdown
“I am chilling, doing my exercises, taking care of my fitness and playing with my children after being away from them for almost one month,” Mary Kom said. “That’s the best part of this isolation, I am with my family through the day without having to think of anything. My appeal to everyone is don’t panic, try and stay at home if you can and spend time with your family,” she said. Also Read - Coronavirus: Centre Exempts Customs Duty, Cess on Ventilators, COVID-19 Test Kits Till Sept 30
“In my case, I have felt a sense of freedom with this isolation. I have realised that I am not feeling the stress of a daily schedule right now.” Also Read - After India, Tablighi Jamaat Causes Surge in COVID-19 Cases in Pakistan Too
With Mary being home, the 37-year-old is also having to miss her duties of being a member of the Rajya Sabha. With most lockdowns and isolations expected extended till March 31, Mary hopes to attend the last few days of the session.
“My isolation is till the end of this month. Parliament will function for a few more days after that,” the boxer said referring to the schedule of the ongoing budget session which runs till April 3. “Right now, all I know is that my children are very happy. For 10-15 days, they have got their mom and that too without any interruption.”
While Mary says her kids – Rechungvar, Khupneivar and Prince Chungthanglen – like the virus since it allows them to spend time with their mother, the London Olympics medal winner understands the severity of the COVID-19 that has strengthened its grip on the world. The registered number of cases in India have surpassed 250 and Mary, like everyone else, hopes people of the country, will follow the heath guidelines.
“My children, out of innocence, ask me, ‘mama this virus will stay na?’ They are happy being at home playing and missing school but I know how serious it is. It is a scary situation and I hope everyone follows the health guidelines. It is crucial that everyone does,” she said. “That’s the only way we can save ourselves. Everyone has to be careful. The precautions that I am taking include not giving appointments to anyone right now.”