Legendary Indian boxer Mary Kom has been nominated for the prestigious 'Gandhi Mandela Award', to be held later this year, alongside other distinguished persons/organizations. She has been the only women to become a five time World Amateur Boxing champion.
Mary Kom is the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 at Incheon, South Korea and is the first Indian woman boxer to win gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. On 26 April 2016, the President of India nominated Mary Kom as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament. She had also won a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category.
The Gandhi Mandela awards will be given to personalities who have made significant contribution in the fields of Peace, Social Welfare, Culture, Environment, Education, Healthcare, Sports and Innovation.
The Awardees will be selected by a jury of eminent personalities, including former Chief Justice of Supreme Court & former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission of India, Nepal and Bangladesh namely former Chief Justice of India Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice Dipak Misra, former Chief Justice of Nepal Justice Kedar Nath Upadhyay, former Chief Justice of Bangladesh Justice M.D. Tafazzul Islam, International Yoga Guru and Founder of Patanjali Yogpeeth Baba Ramdev along with former Justice of Supreme Court of India Justice Gyan Sudha Misra.
Mary Kom was duly supported by her husband, who had an important role to play in her life. He took the lead to stay at home and look after their newborns full-time. With her husband’s strong support with her, Mary came back from a two-year sabbatical in a rousing fashion. In the next two years that followed she won the World Championship twice.