Mary honoured with ‘Meethoi Leima’ title
IMPHAL, 11th Dec: The government of Manipur honoured six times world champion pugilist MC Mary Kom, who recently added her seventh medal at the AIBA World Women Boxing Championship, 2018 held in New Delhi, with the title “Meethoi Leima” in a felicitation function held at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex here on Tuesday.
Chief Minister N Biren, who was the chief guest of the function, announced the title “Meethoi Leima” and handed over a cheque of Rs 10 lakh to her. The crowd present at the function also gave a standing ovation to the most successful women boxer of the world. The CM also declared that the Imphal West DC Road towards Games village will be named as MC Mary Kom Road.
Biren said that the titles and costumes presented to the boxer were not related with any community of the state. It is purely in honour of Mary Kom’s outstanding achievement in boxing.
The government talked and consulted with intellectuals before taking the cabinet decision on ‘Meethoi Leima’ title and the attires, the CM stated. The idea is to give her a befitting public honour, the CM said, adding: “It is our pride to have Mary Kom as a daughter of our state. Today, the world knows her well and no words are required to introduce her. People of Manipur will continue to shower their love and care for Mary Kom in her effort for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”
The CM also advised players for maintaining discipline and doing extra practice while trying to achieve something in their life.
Biren also appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for nominating Mary Kom as a member of Rajya Sabha and for choosing Manipur to establish the lone Sports University of the country.
As the functional president, YAS minister Letpao Haokip said that all the people of Manipur support Mary Kom. “Our support was to the extent that we all fight while Mary Kom gives punch to her opponent. We put up our arms when she put up her arms while watching her bouts on TV. That is the vivid example of our support to her,” Letpao said.
In her address, Mary Kom said that in spite of her skills and practice in boxing, she would not achieve much in her career without people’s support and humbly stated that she wouldn't be able to repay to the people for their unceasing support.
Advising the players, Mary said that during training session for all competitions, she remained fully focused and practiced regularly.
Exhorting the youngsters to aim for big in their respective fields, she stressed that maintaining discipline and having steely resolve would be helpful in overcoming all hurdles.
Deputy CM Yumnam Joykumar, works minister Th Biswajit, art & culture minister L Jayantakumar, CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam, T&HA minister N Kayisii, agriculture minister V Hangkhalian also attended the function as guests of honour.
MLAs, officials of YAS department, players and sports lovers also attended the programme.
It may be mentioned here that MC Mary Kom is the first woman boxer to win six World Boxing champion gold medals in addition to one silver.