Cosmo: Tell us about your childhood. What were you like as a young girl?
Mary Kom: “I belong to a farmer’s family, and being the eldest child, I grew up with a lot of responsibilities. I don’t have too many memories of my childhood... All I remember is keeping my father company while he worked in the field during the day, and then playing with friends in the village playground in the evening. I was a helpful daughter, a protective sister, and an active, strong girl who was fearless and fun-loving.”
C: When it comes to boxing, how have things changed since you started out?
MK: “Things have changed drastically. Women’s boxing is now a recognised game at the Olympics—and that is huge! Also, it was once considered to be male-dominated, but now women’s boxing is among the most popular sports, and more people have started taking interest in it. When I had started out, I never thought it could be this way. Our vision was limited to just international competitions and job placements.
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