London – Mary Kom, the trailblazing Indian boxer and the nation’s first-ever Olympic medalist in women’s boxing, has been bestowed with the prestigious Global Indian Icon of the Year award at the annual UK-India Awards in Windsor, south-eastern England. The 40-year-old sporting legend, known for her extraordinary achievements and unwavering dedication, was recognised for her outstanding contributions to the world of boxing.
At a grand gala ceremony on Thursday night, Mary Kom graciously accepted the award from the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Vikram Doraiswami. The former Rajya Sabha member expressed her gratitude and reflected on her remarkable 20-year journey filled with hard work and unwavering commitment to the sport.
“I have been fighting for 20 years, putting in so much effort and hard work in my life and in boxing; it means a lot… making sacrifices for my country and for my family. I really thank you from the bottom of my heart for this recognition,” said Mary Kom, her voice filled with emotion.
Mary Kom’s remarkable career has been an inspiration to countless aspiring athletes around the world, particularly in a sport that has historically been dominated by men. Her relentless pursuit of excellence and indomitable spirit have earned her numerous accolades and elevated the status of women’s boxing in India.
Over the years, Mary Kom has won several medals at prestigious international competitions, including an Olympic bronze medal in 2012. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, she became the first Indian female boxer to win a gold medal. She has also clinched multiple gold medals at the AIBA World Championships and the Asian Games, cementing her status as a true legend of the sport. Mary Kom’s accomplishments have transcended boundaries and earned her respect and admiration worldwide.
Her recognition as the Global Indian Icon of the Year highlights not only her sporting achievements but also the impact she has made as a role model and inspiration for millions. Mary Kom’s journey has been one of resilience, determination, and unwavering passion, making her an embodiment of the indomitable spirit of Indian athletes.