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Mary Kom's Gold medal in Asian Games: The true golden girl of Indian boxing
India's golden girl Mary Kom has made India proud again by winning gold medal for India in the Asian games. The boxing queen, as she is known today, has brought a wealth of recognition for her sport i.e. boxing and for the nation in the international arena. However, there is a saying by the wag, that thespian Priyanka Chopra earned more by playing the role of Mary Kom than Mary Kom has earned in her boxing career.

It was the former Soviet Union which first began to decorate its sportsperson. Its athletes were honored, books were written about them to inspire others and they were at the center of cultural activities in the nation. To name a few were Valery Borzov the sprinting champion, Vasili Alexeev the weight-lifting maestro and so on. 

The United States followed suit. Boxing as a sport was looked down upon till the 1930s till the Cinderella man came along. The first heavyweight champion of the USA James Braddock made both a name and money for himself after the great depression and the great war. Later came other boxing millionaires and fighters who have inspired Hollywood even till today.

The greatest among them were Cassious Clay or Mohammad Ali and Joe Frazer, Ken Norton, Joe Bugner, George Foreman, and Mike Tyson. Boxing stars became heroes after a relatively unknown actor did the signature role of his career in the Rocky series when Sylvester Stallone played the role of Rocky Balboa a boxer who went from rags to riches.

But will Mary Kom ever be able to realise this dream? Will she ever be recognized as the boxing star of India and will she lead a life in mink and silk and luxury cars and fancy gyms after years of grueling effort, blood sweat, toil and tears?

Unfortunately even though Indian sportsmen have begun to do a lot for India, India is yet to do enough for its sportsmen. The mainstream media does not even bother to take up the issue as most Indian media do not understand any other sport apart from cricket. So while cricketers drive around in Ferrari even after losing the World Cup; boxers, wrestlers and shooters have to be content with far less after winning gold medals.

The nation has to pay homage to these great souls who go the extra mile to earn respect for their nation. The best way to do so is to ensure that these stars too get a chance to earn wealth by the right means by exploiting their talent.

Will any political leader, chief minister of states step forward and take the initiative to start an Indian Boxing League so that athletes like Mary Kom get a slice of the pie too? 

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