Mary Kom honoured with highest civilian title

Mary Kom honoured with highest civilian title
Six time World Boxing Champion, MC Mary Kom being honoured by Manipur chief minister on Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 11 | Publish Date: 12/11/2018 12:07:14 PM IST

Manipur government Tuesday honoured MC Mary Kom by conferring ‘Meethoileima’ (Outstanding Queen) title at a felicitation function held in Imphal’s Khuman Lampak Sports Complex.

The state government conferred the title ‘Meethoileima’ in recognition of her unprecedented feat of winning the sixth gold medal in the recently concluded World Boxing Championship and her illustrious career in the field.

State chief minister N Biren Singh also handed a cheque of Rs 10,00,000 to Mary Kom.

The chief minister also named a road in Imphal as ‘MC Mary Kom Road.’

Kom was adorned with attires particularly worn by a queen of Manipur as a mark of ‘highest woman’ of the state while conferring the title.

Singh said the titles were not related with any community of the state but was purely in honour of Mary Kom’s outstanding achievement in boxing.

The government talked and consulted with intellectuals before taking the cabinet decision on conferring ‘Meethoileima’ title.

“The idea is based on an ‘angamba-angambi (victorious)’ coming back after conquering a war,” he said.

Singh added, “It is our pride to have Mary Kom as a daughter of our state, Manipur. Today, the world knows her so well and no more words are needed to introduce her.”

The chief minister also advised sports persons of the state to be disciplined and determined while trying to achieve something in their life.

Singh appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for nominating Mary Kom as member of Rajya Sabha and for choosing Manipur to establish the lone Sports University in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, MC Mary Kom said that she would not have had achieved so much without the love and support of the people. “I don’t know how I would repay,” the champion boxer said.

Encouraging the sports persons of the state, she said, “practice regularly, dream for big achievements in your respective fields, be disciplined and give your best effort.”

State deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh and some cabinet ministers attended the felicitation function besides some MLAs, officials of state youth affairs and sports department, players and sports lovers.

It may be mentioned that MC Mary Kom is the first woman boxer to win the World Boxing Champion title six times.

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