I Had No Support, No Opportunity, No Sponsors Backing Me – Mary Kom


1) I had no support, no opportunity, no sponsors backing me for most of my career.

Best Sports Motivators in India - Mary Kom

2) The incentive of a medal at the biggest sporting arena in the world is what drives me. Before I hang my gloves, I want to win the Olympic medal, and my performance at London will decide my future in the sport.

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3) Without boxing, I can’t live. I love boxing.

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4) I took up boxing out of sheer interest and to help my parents financially.

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5) In a sportsperson’s life, pressure is always there; you have to learn to deal with it.

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6) I look like I’m Chinese or Thai or Japanese – very different.

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7) My normal weight category is 48 kg. So for the 51 kg. category, I had to depend on lots of food and drinks before going in for the weigh-in. But that does not make my strength, my muscles. It’s a little bit different. If there’s a 48 kg. category, it’s a perfect fit for me.

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8) Like every other athlete, I always dreamt of playing at the Olympics, and it feels really good to see that dream materialize.

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9) I started athletics in 1999, throwing discus and shot put. I didn’t tell my family when I started boxing.

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10) I miss my kids, and they miss me. It’s very difficult, but I have to do it for my country and fulfill my dreams coming to the 2012 London Olympics.

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