Magnificent Mary Kom wasn't the only one to strike gold for India at the 23rd President's Cup in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia - Simranjit Kaur and Riflewoman Jamuna Boro also made India proud by bagging gold medals in the boxing events.
In the 54 kg category, Assam Rifles Riflewoman Jamuna Boro dominated the fight against Italy's Giulia Lamagna, beating her 5-0. Boro started her career as a Wushu player, coached by John Smith Narzary. In 2009, during the State Wushu Championship held at Udalguri, she was spotted by the observers of Sports Authority of India (SAI), and later, she started boxing and was selected for the SAI Regional sub-center, based in Guwahati. Going on to be included in the Elite Women team, she won a silver medal in the 56th Belgrade Women's Boxing Tournament.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju congratulated Boro for striking gold at the 23rd President Cup in Indonesia on 28 July.
She had also won a gold medal at the 2nd India Open International Boxing Tournament held in Guwahati from 20 to 24 May 2019 where she defeated her rivals Meena Kumari Maisnam in semifinals and Y Sandhyarani Devi in the finals. She participates in boxing through the All India Police.
A spokesperson from the Assam Rifles spoke to Republic World about how soldiers in the paramilitary regiment were given endless opportunities to pursue and excel in sports and world-class facilities provided to ensure a good stage for the athletes to perform at.
"The regiment gives us equal opportunity to pursue We are trained for conventional and non-conventional warfare. Along with this, they give us opportunities for pursuing sports. Everything is taken care of by the regiment - particular diets, fitness routines, trainers are hired (both Indian and foreign) in order to train the athletes better. All support is provided in order to ensure that our soldiers can bring laurels, not just for the Assam Rifles but for the entire country", said the spokesperson.
Mary Kom (51 kg) defeated Australia's April Franks in their bout that ended with a 5-0 victory for the 2018 World Championship gold medallist.
The boxer took to Twitter to celebrate her victory and thanked Union Minister for Sports Kiren Rijiju along with her coaching staff for supporting her. Read Kom's tweet below:
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju couldn't contain his happiness as he congratulated Mary Kom on her win and said that she was the pride for India. Read Rijiju's tweet here: