I want to continue for another 3-4 years: Mary Kom

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI) MC Mary Kom pulled no punches as the celebrated Indian boxer today announced her intention to stretch her career by another “three-four” years and while the 2018 Asian and Commonwealth Games remain her “main focus”, Tokyo Olympics, she said, is also not out of the radar yet. The London Olympics medallist and five-time world champion recently decided to go back to the light flyweight (48kg division) amid speculation that it is among the two categories that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) is pushing for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 33-year, a mother of three, is back in the ring with renewed hopes. “I am attending the national camp at IG Stadium. I just want to continue for another three-four years. If 48kg is included in 2020 Olympic Games, I will give it a shot and try win a gold medal for my country,” Mary Kom said. She added, “I have started training and though I could not participate in the boxing nationals due to the Parliament session, I want to represent India in international competitions. 2018 Asian Games, Commonwealth Games are main my focus and I will also look to compete in other official international competitions.” Aiming to groom potential boxers for future Olympics with world-class coaching and infrastructure facilities, the effervescent pugilists Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation (MKRBF) today entered into an agreement with Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB). “Women boxing is becoming more popular. I just want to give back to my sport and my nation. To produce more champions from my academy, that is my dream. I have gyms and outdoor rings to train the underprivileged youngsters. “People might think how would I be able to devote time being a MP, but this has been a long-time dream. Most of the boxers suffer from poverty, so if I can do something for them that will be a great achievement for me, besides my medals.” The PSPB agreement entails extending support towards refurbishment of the residential block and in addition granting Rs 75 lacs in a five-year period for facilitating the sportspersons at the academy. Besides, State bank of India and Sports Authority of India have also come forward to assist the academy. “SAI is supporting us under its extension scheme through which each trainee boxer gets Rs 600 per month, one kit. We are getting financial assistance through NDSF (National Sports Development Fund). SBI has given Rs 2 crore for building a hostel.” Mary Kom is happy that the boxers have a national federation in place after many years. She said, “Its a very good thing. Boxers gain more exposure through participation in competitions so its really good that there is a federation now in place.” Mary Kom was accompanied by her husband Onler Karong, who is also the MKRBFs managing director. After a rather disappointing year, Mary Kom will have something to cheer about as she will be honoured with the AIBA Legends Award for her stellar career so far during the world bodys 70th anniversary celebrations on December 20. The agreement was executed by S Halder, Member Secretary and K LTejwani, Joint Secretary PSPB with Onler, Co-Founder and Managing Director, MKRBF in the presence of BC Tripathi, President, PSPB and Mary Kom. PTI AH CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Celebrities remember Bollywoods Amar- Vinod Khanna

first_img(Att Eds: With additional quotes)Mumbai, Apr 27 (PTI) Remembering him as the coolest and the most charismatic star of Indian cinema, Vinod Khannas friends and colleagues such as Rishi Kapoor, Rajinikanth, Shatrughan Sinha, Akshay Kumar and Sanjay Dutt paid tributes to the actor and called his death the end of an era.Khanna was admitted to Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital and breathed his last at 11.20 AM today due to advanced bladder carcinoma. He was 70.Rishi, who played the actors younger brother in hit film “Amar Akbar Anthony”, thanked Khanna for always being by his side.”Will miss you Amar. RIP. Remembering the good times with you, Vinod. Thank you for being my friend,” he tweeted.Superstar Rajinikanth posted, “My dear friend Vinod Khanna… Will miss you, RIP. My heartfelt condolences to the family.”Khannas contemporary Shatrughan Sinha described his death as a personal loss.”Vinod Khanna was a greatly admired personality. Its a personal and emotional loss for me as we have been very close and journeyed together in films as well as in politics,” Sinha who worked with Khanna in hits like “Mere Apne”, “Bombay 405” and “Do Yaar”, told PTI.Dutt remembered watching Khannas films as a child and called his death a big loss.”It is saddening to hear of the demise of Vinod Khanna ji. I have watched him as a child and throughout my life I was always fascinated by his style and charisma.”He was always a thorough gentleman. A big loss to the fraternity. He is and always will be family to the Dutts. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to Kavita bhabhi, Akshaye, Rahul and Sakshi,” Dutt said in a statement.advertisement”Vinod Khanna ji, one of the best talents in the film industry, is no more. I am deeply saddened by the news. His demise is a big loss to the film industry. May his soul rest in peace,” singer Lata Mangeshkar tweeted.Akshay called Khannas demise “an end of an era”.”Sad to learn about the passing away of #VinodKhanna Sir, one of the most charismatic actors… Truly an end of an era. Condolences to the family (sic),” he tweeted.”RIP Vinod Khanna. Its a sad sad day… Condolences to each member of the family,” actress Shabana Azmi said.Khannas “Dayavan” and “Zameen” co-star Madhuri Dixit tweeted, “RIP Vinod Khanna-ji. The world has lost another talented soul. You will live on in our memories. Our sincerest condolences to his family (sic).”Filmmaker Karan Johar wrote, “His screen presence is unparallelled even today… His super star swag is what we grew up on… RIP #VinodKhanna… Thoughts and prayers…”Veteran singer Asha Bhosle said, “Very sad to hear about Vinod Khannaji. A decent man and a star till the very end. My condolences to his family.”Actor Varun Dhawan, who worked with Khanna in his last film “Dilwale,” wrote, “#Vinodkhanna will always remain the coolest and most good looking actor to grace the Indian screens. The industry has lost a legend today.””Your charisma and charm will always be unmatchable… Will miss your flamboyant walk. #VinodKhanna,” Manoj Bajpayee tweeted.Calling Khanna a magnetic person, actor Anupam Kher posted, “He was kind, affectionate and helpful. Loved his panther like walk. Will remember #VinodKhanna ji for his larger than life performances and his graciousness. There are very few people like him. Will miss you Sir (sic).” “Deeply saddened on Vinod Khannaji passing away. Our condolences to the family & prayers that his soul rests in eternal peace,” actress Sridevi, who worked with Khanna in “Chandni”, said.Actor-director Ajay Devgn shared a picture of Khanna and wrote, “They dont make them like that anymore. RIP Vinod Sir.”Actor Sonu Sood, who worked with Khanna in “Dabangg”, said, “Was blessed to share screen space with the legend. Will miss you sir. Rip#VinodKhannaji.”Anushka Sharma, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Sonakshi Sinha, Arshad Warsi, filmmaker Kunal Kohli and CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani also paid their tributes to Khanna.Besides film stars, several sports personalities expressed their sorrow on Khannas passing.Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar wrote, “Deeply saddened to hear about the loss of legendary actor #VinodKhanna ji. My condolences to the family. RIP.”Virender Sehwag posted, “Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of one of the most charismatic actors #VinodKhanna ji. Om Shanti! (sic).”Boxer Vijender Singh tweeted, “Rest in peace #VinodKhanna Saab big fan.” PTI SHD SNS JCH JCHlast_img read more