TOKYO [Japan], July 25 (ANI): India may not put on a great show on Sunday but ace boxer Mary Kom and star table tennis player Manika Batra have made sure to have at least the ongoing Tokyo Olympics for fans. There is something to celebrate at the Olympics.
In the women's flyweight (48-51 kg) category, Mary Kom (51 kg) finished 16th while paddler Manika Batra advanced to the 3rd round of the women's singles event.
Born into a poor farming family in Kangathei village in Manipur, Mary Kom is the eldest of three siblings. Early in school, Mary was a major in athletics, football and volleyball.
However, boxing came into her life when she saw fellow Manipuri Dingko Singh returning with a gold medal at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok.
Despite her innate talent, she has challenges to overcome. At the time, boxing was a male-dominated sport, and it was difficult to find quality competition among girls. However, Mary brought her own solution against the boys.
There are also some problems in the domestic sector. Mary Kom's father, Mangte Thonpa Kom, was a wrestler in his youth, but Mary was adamant against the boxing option because he felt that her marriage chances would be severely damaged by the injury to her face.
However, Mary continues to follow the passion behind her father. However, the secret came to light when her father saw a picture of her in a newspaper after winning the state championship. Tonpa was finally excited about his daughter's decision in 2003.
She became the first Indian woman boxer to win a medal at the 2012 London Olympics. It is no surprise that she has emerged as the first AIBA Legend and continues to inspire every Indian on and off the field.
On Mary Kom so far spent Rs 19,58,226 on training through the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) and the Annual Calendar of Training and Competitions (ACTC).
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has provided Mary Kom with all the facilities such as the purchase of utility equipment (interlocking gym mats) and the introduction of a personal sparring partner at the national camp at ASI in Pune.
Manika Batra, a gold medalist in the women's singles and women's team events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, grew up in Delhi and started playing table tennis at the age of four. Her older sister and brother, who played table tennis, made a great impact on Manika in her early games.
Before making her Olympic debut in Rio 2016, Manika Batra won three gold medals at the 2016 South Asian Games.
She went on to win four medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Manika became the first Indian woman table tennis player to win an individual gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018.
On Manika Batra so far spent Rs 98,66,597 on training through the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) and the Annual Calendar of Training and Competitions (ACTC).
She was also provided with an assistant coach, strength and conditioning coach and a sparring partner under TOPS to assist her in many international competitions. (ANI)