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

Music to surfing, Covelong Point Festival brings to you bucket-loads of fun and adventure

first_imgIt is that time of the year again when beach wear makes an appearance in a far flung village off the Chennai coast. Surfers rule the roost and a medley of musicians and wellness instructors have packed their bags to join the fun. Yes, it’s the Covelong Point Surf, Music and Yoga Festival and it gets bigger and better this year. “We are hoping to have as many as 20,000 attendees this year and many more outdoor activities like Frisbee, volleyball and cycling,” says Yotam Agam, 48, Festival Director. “We also have four different music stages and more wellness activities with facilitators from around the world. Surfing of course remains the largest attraction,” he adds.Picture courtesy: Yoav Rosenthal (EarthSync) The Global music festival this year will see artists like The Raghu Dixit Project, IndoSoul by Karthick Iyer, Skrat and Carnatic musicians like Mahesh Vinayakram and Padma Shankar playing in the backdrop of the pristine Kovalam Beach where the event is set to take place. The confluence of classical music and surfing and that of city folk and local villagers is one of the things that makes this festival special and unlike any other in the country. “What’s beautiful about this sport is that when surfers are in the water, walls come down, differences and distinctions become irrelevant – the ocean will do that to you. We’re all just human beings united by a passion for good surf, out in the water chasing the next wave. Village folk and city folk alike, it doesn’t matter – and you’ll see that unity of different communities, countries, people when you walk through the festival grounds,” says Arun Vasu, 49, CMD, TT Group talking about the festival.advertisementPicture courtesy: Yoav Rosenthal (EarthSync) Also Read: 4 stories about Lord Ganesha you probably didn’t knowThe main events include a surfing competition where surfers from around the world take to the seas in the small fishing village. The year’s surfing ambassador is cricketer Jonty Rhodes and other celebrity guests include Murali Vijay and actors Jeeva, Arya and Veera. So, pack your bags, some sunscreen and head out to a festival that has something for everyone just like the city it was conceived in.Picture courtesy: Yoav Rosenthal (EarthSync) On August 25th to 27th; At Covelong Point Social Surf School, Kovalam; Log onto www.covelongpoint.com for registrations; Entry freelast_img read more