Kolkata: Her story is well-documented by now and London Olympics bronze medallist MC Mary Kom on Thursday, citing her example, encouraged the country's pugilists to stand up to the challenge.

"If I, being a mother of two, can win a medal, so can you all. Take me as an example and don't give up," Mary Kom said.

The boxer said her aspirations would end only after winning a gold in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

"I am happy because everyone in the country is happy over my winning a bronze medal at the London Olympics, but inside me I have an unquenchable thirst as I believe I can do better," the 29-year-old told reporters.

The mother of two hinted that she would soon start preparations for the next Games.

"It will not be difficult for me if I get an opportunity to compete in the 48 kg category. But if I am to fight in 51 kg, then my preparation will start right now," the boxer, also known as Magnificent Mary, said.

The five-time world champion said her recent success has not changed her life.

"Life is just that way. Now people recognise me, love me and support me. But Mary Kom has not changed. She is the same," she said.

"To be an Olympian is very hard. To qualify is very hard. I am very happy and proud to bring a medal for the nation. I will try hard again for Rio. Just challenge me," Kom said at a felicitation ceremony organised jointly by a Guwahati-based organisation and a Bangalore-based firm.

Ex-Olympians Soma Biswas and Dola Banerjee, besides West Bengal sports minister Madan Mitra and Assam's PHE minister Gautom Roy were also present at the felicitation ceremony.

"We are proud to have Mary Kom felicitated in our state," Mitra said. Roy said Assam government could not felicitate her till now due to the troubled situation in the state.

"The state government will give a cash award of Rs 20 lakh to Mary Kom," he added.

She also urged the sports administration to give the northeastern states more attention.

"I asked them to visit our centres and see what our requirements are. If they give what we want then I'll be grateful," she said.

She also has plans to upgrade her boxing school in Imphal.

Mary Kom wishes Yuvraj on comeback

London Olympics bronze medallist M C Mary Kom today wished cricketer Yuvraj Singh ahead of his much-awaited comeback to the Indian team after successfully battling cancer.

"I wish all the very best for the future to Yuvraj," Mary Kom told reporters here after a felicitation ceremony.

Yuvraj would be playing the Twenty20 match against New Zealand in Visakhapatnam on Saturday, his first after being diagnosed with a rare blood cell germ cancer.

The Manipuri pugilist had won the bronze medal at the London Games in the 51-kg category.


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