A day when India is looking up to MC Mary Kom to add another medal to the nation's kitty, the Manipuri boxer tweeted that she is ready for her match and hoping to make her country proud.
India's Mary Kom(L) reacts after she defeated Poland's Karolina Michalczuk in their Women's Fly (51kg) Round of 16 boxing match during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Reuters photo/Murad Sezer
Mary Kom is eying to change to colour of an assured bronze in the 51kg class.
takes on a tough British opponent in Nicola Adams for a shot at gold. She had lost to Nicola in the quarterfinals of the World Championships in China.
A large number of people in Manipur prayed for her success in temples and churches all over the state.
"I pray to God at the temple before and after the game of Mary Kom," said her first boxing coach Ibomcha Singh, expressing confidence that Mary would do well in the remaining two bouts.
Singh said Mary appeared to be tense in the beginning of her fights, but got back her nerves thereafter.
Karolina Michalczuk of Poland defends against MC Mary Kom during the women's Flyweight boxing round of 16 of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the ExCel Arena. AFP/Jack Guez
Many supporters walked through the streets of the capital and elsewhere with placards in hand and praying for her and another boxer from Manipur, Devendroo Singh's success in the 49kg class quarterfinal bout.
Reports from some parts of the state said sports lovers and supporters of the two boxers prayed before temples and churches by offering flowers.
Manipur chief minister Ibobi Singh also prayed for Mary's success.
"Let us pray for her golden victory," he said and declared that the government would soon announce the amount of money to be awarded to the successful state players at the Olympics.
Different civil society groups, including students' bodies, have appealed to the state electricity department to supply uninterrupted power during the matches of the two boxers.
Family members of Mary Kom said said they watched television when she was fighting in the earlier bouts.
Mary, who will soon be promoted to the rank of additional superintendent of police in the Manipur police department, hails from interior Churachandpur district.
(With PTI inputs)
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