The Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) on Friday named London Olympics bronze medallist M.C. Mary Kom for the 'Legends Award' on its 70th anniversary.
Mary, a five-time World Champion boxer, will be presented the award at a gala dinner ceremony on December 20 at Lausanne, in Switzerland, according to a statement from the global body.
Reacting to the AIBA announcement, Mary said: "I would like to thank the AIBA President and officials for this prestigious award. This recognition from AIBA will encourage young boxers in our country to work hard."
"It is a very emotional as well as a motivating day for me. Even after so many years, if people remember you and your achievements it shows their generosity and love towards me. Thank you once again for this award, it's a memory I would cherish for my lifetime," said Mary, who is a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha.
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