Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate Mary Kom's boxing academy

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate Mary Kom's boxing academy

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SportsCafe Desk

03/12/2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the ‘Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation’ in Imphal on March 16 in the presence of Olympic medallists -- boxer Vijender Kumar and wrestler Sushil Kumar. NSDF, who funded the academy’s construction, expressed their gratitude to the PMO and the government.

Nestled at the foot of Langol hills in Manipur’s Imphal West district, Mary Kom’s Boxing Academy is spread across 3.3 acres and it is around 10 km from state capital Imphal. It currently houses 45 young boxers, including 20 girls, at the three-storey building.

The Manipur government allocated land in 2013 and National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) funded the academy’s construction. 

“The foundation is grateful to both central and state government for establishment of these sports facilities after many years of struggle since its inception in 2006,” NSDF said in a press release.

NSDF also expressed their gratitude to the PMO for accepting their invitation.

“Expressing their gratitude to PMO for making (it) to the event and formally handover the buildings to the foundation for the promotion of boxing sports,” it further added. 

A Five-time World and Asian Champion, Mary Kom is also India's only Woman Boxer with an Olympic Medal. The most recent success of her extraordinary life journey was becoming a Rajya Sabha MP in 2016 and winning her fifth Asian Championships gold medal a year later.

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