Mary Kom is embraced by Nicola Adams following their women's Flyweight boxing semi-final match of the 2012 London Olympic Games. AFP/Jack Guez
Mary Kom, who created history by becoming the first Indian woman boxer to win a bronze at the Olympics, will be India’s flag bearer at the closing ceremony on Sunday.
Winner of five world championships, Mary Kom, is the only one of the eight-member Indian boxing squad to win a medal here. She was the lone Indian woman boxer to make it to London on its debut at the Games.
“Mary Kom did the country proud by winning a medal at the world highest sporting arena and thus was the best and most appropriate choice of flag bearer for the closing ceremony,” said an IOA official. In Beijing 2008, boxer Vijender Singh, who had won bronze, was the closing ceremony flag bearer.
The other Indian medalists at the London Games, Vijay Kumar (silver), Gagan Narang (bronze) and Saina Nehwal (bronze) went back home after their events. In the opening ceremony, Sushil Kumar had led the contingent.