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Manipur prays for Mary Kom, power

Sobhapati Samom, Hindustan Times  Imphal, August 08, 2012
First Published: 01:05 IST(8/8/2012) | Last Updated: 01:34 IST(8/8/2012)

All of Manipur is praying, not just for a knockout show by Mary Kom in faraway London on Wednesday but also for 10 minutes of uninterrupted power here at home so they can watch her on their TV sets.

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Half of Manipur — including the 300-odd people of Kengathel, Mary Kom’s native village — missed her opening bout on Sunday. They were luckier Monday, when they got to see her land the decisive blows in the quarterfinal.

“All we want is 8-10 minutes of uninterrupted power when her semifinal starts at 6.15pm,” Mary’s father, Tonpa Kom, said.

“There’s a difference watching Magnificent Mary live and reading about her exploits the next day,” said T Rishikant, a fan.

“It’s an uphill task but we are trying our best to ensure there is power across the state around the time the bout starts,” a state electricity board engineer said.


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