‘Outstanding’ Mary Kom honoured by Manipur

‘Outstanding’ Mary Kom honoured by Manipur
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh conferring MC Mary Kom with the title ‘Meethoileima’ in a felicitation function at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex on December 11.. ‘Meethoileima’ is loosely translated as ‘outstanding’. (NNN Photo)

 

Newmai News Network
Imphal | December 11

The State Government of Manipur honoured the gold medalist of the recently held AIBA World Women Boxing Championship, 2018 New Delhi, MC Mary Kom with the title “Meethoileima” in a felicitation function today at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex today. “Meethoileima” is loosely translated as ‘outstanding’.

 

On the occasion, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh who was the chief guest of the function announced the title “Meethoileima” and handed over a cheque of Rs. 10,00,000 to her.

 

She was also adorned with the attires particularly worn by a queen/maharani including a head gear (kajengjei), a wrapper (phanek mapan naibi), belt (khwangchet) and chadar (apaba inna-phi) as a mark of highest woman.

 

While honouring her, the crowd present in that felicitation function gave standing ovation to the gold medalist.

 

The Chief Minister then declared that the Imphal West DC Road towards Game Village will be named as MC Mary Kom Road.

 

The titles and costumes were not related with any community of the State and it is purely in honour of Kom’s outstanding achievement in boxing, he emphasized.

 

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

 

The idea is based on an ‘angamba-angambi’ coming back after conquering a war and people’s honour to the achiever.

 

The Chief Minister then stated that it is “our pride to have Mary Kom as a daughter of our State.”

 

“Today, the world knows her so well, no more words require to introduce her,” he said that adding that the people of Manipur will continue to shower their love and care for Mary Kom in her effort for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

 

The Chief Minister then advised sports players for keeping discipline and to do extra practice while trying to achieve something in their life.

 

Speaking as functional president, Manipur Youth Affairs and Sports minister, Letpao Haokip told that all the people of Manipur support her.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Kom told that inspite of her skill and practice in boxing, she would not achieve much in her career without the people’s support.

 

Advising the players, MC Mary Kom stated that during training session for any kind of championship, she used to give 100% concentration and practice on training.

 

“Practice regularly, dream for big achievements in your respective fields, keep discipline, have determination and give the best effort,” she added.

 

Kom achieved the unique distinction of being the is the first woman boxer to achieve the feat of six times World Boxing Champion last month.