Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament, MC Mary Kom, also a boxer and mother of 3 called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu today at his secretariat office. Mary Kom is in Arunachal to attend Mrs Arunachal-2016, which is scheduled to be held Saturday organised by Ngurang Learning Institute (NLI).
The Chief Minister extended a warm welcome and greetings to Mary Kom, who was accompanied by husband Onler Kom along with Patron of Mrs Arunachal-2016, Ngurang Pinch and organiser Ngurang Reena. The husband-wife duo was gifted with traditional dresses from various Arunachal tribes.
Five-time world boxing champion expressed her delight on her second visit to Arunachal. “I am here because I love Arunachal. We are neighbours. We are brothers and sisters,” she said.
Mary Kom’s visit to Arunachal is also about sharing her life’s struggle as a woman; on how she fought hard beating all odds to ultimately become the world boxing champion.
“Even my father didn’t approve of my career in boxing during initial days,” she said. “I never gave up on my struggle. I knew what men could do, also women could.”
In her appeal to woman of Arunachal, Mary Kom insisted on standing up to fight for their own rights. “If we women do not support and help each other then who will support our cause.”
She is now determined to win a gold medal for her country in Olympic Games, a dream she says has remain unfulfilled.
Chief Minister Khandu expressed delight on her visit to Arunachal and wished her luck to win a gold medal for the country. He also hoped that women of the state will be greatly inspired by her success story.