The Union sports ministry has approved a grant of Rs 309.56 lakh in principle to London Olympic medalist and five-time world boxing champion MC Mary Kom for setting up her boxing institute.
The grant under National Sports Development Fund (NSDF), will be released in installments on fulfilling certain conditions for construction of gymnasium hall and procurement of gym equipment.
The academy was established in 2006, the MC Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation, is currently being run at her Langol games village residence in Imphal West. The state government offered 3.30 acres of land ( No. 21/109/2011-R) for the boxing institute at the Meitei Langol area in Imphal in February.
Mary Kom spends over Rs 50,000 per month in running the foundation, with focus on underprivileged potentials. It provides free training and boarding and lodging to its wards of over 30 poor students belonging to different communities from various parts of the state. Most of its wards also go to nearby schools.
Times of India quoted her saying,
[blockquote]The foundation is not for me. It is for the state and the entire nation. The foundation will help boxers from poor families showcase their hidden talents to the world and win laurels for the country. This has been my dream since I began by boxing career and also hailed from a poor family.[/blockquote]
Mary, who has been promoted to the post of superintendent of police (sports) in recognition of her Olympic feat, also hoped that the foundation will receive aid from others too. Mary Kom’s foundation is a trust and non-profit sports academy, run by her and her husband Onler Kom who is currently the director of the foundation.
Earlier this month, Mary Kom has inaugurated Mary Kom School of Boxing (MKSB) branch at Chaljang, near Motbung in Manipur.