Mary Kom says her original birth date is November 24 & not March


first_imgSix-time World Champion MC Mary Kom turned 36 on Saturday (November 24). After winning the title at the World Women Boxing Championship here at KD Jadhav hall, May Kom shared that it was her birthday.However, what is strange that her birth date mentioned on the Olympic website and other official sites, including her Rajya Sabha membership card, is March 1.”I feel very happy it is a special day (birthday). Couldn’t have asked for more,” Mary told Mail Today soon after her summit clash.Asked about the error in the birth date, Mary told the paper that it was a mistake done during the submission of her documents by her uncle.”The mistake happened during my childhood. My uncle filled up the form and nobody noticed it that time. We were also not that popular, so we let it go as it is. However, the year (1983) was right.”It will be interesting to see how the Government of India reacts to it. In all the official documents, her birth date mentioned is March 1.At 36, Mary Kom is a living legend. The mother of three has already set her eyes on making a mark in the Tokyo Olympics. A difficult challenge, to put it mildly, Mary Kom will be punching much above her weight, so to speak, at an age when a retirement is an honourable option.”I am looking at competing in the Olympics and I know people’s expectations and I am taking it in a positive stride and working towards it,” she added.advertisementMary Kom had bagged the bronze medal in 2012 Olympics in London in the flyweight category after losing to Great Britain’s Nicola Adams 6-11 in the semi-final. She had sought to claim her gold at Rio in 2016, but unfortunately failed to qualify for the event. Following it, many had criticised her while retirement questions had popped up.”I have answered my critics who were hoping I didn’t win, people who questioned me, asked when I would retire- I have answered all,” she said.Asked about her thoughts on coaching, Mary Kom replied, “I will train other girls but only after I retire, but it is very difficult to have another Mary Kom.”last_img

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