India’s latest sporting hero Mary Kom will receive $90,400 for winning a bronze in the Olympic women’s boxing competition, according to a report.
The mother-of-two from Manipur had to settle for bronze after she was beaten by Britain’s Nicola Adams in the 51kg category. The Manipur government decided to honour Kom after a cabinet meeting gave its approval, the Press Trust of India quoted a state spokesman as saying. “Kom has made the name of Manipur known in the sports arena and brought prestige for the whole country,” said the spokesman. Kom would also be promoted to the rank of additional police superintendent and given two acres of land, he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2012.