Tokyo Olympics: Mary Kom reacts after her exit from the pre-quarterfinals stage at Tokyo Games.© AFP
Former Sports Minister and incumbent Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju led a series of encouraging messages on social media for boxing legend Mary Kom, who was knocked out of the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday. Mary Kom lost 2-3 to Ingrit Valencia in the pre-quarterfinals of women’s Fly (48-51kg) category. “Dear Mary Kom, you lost in Tokyo Olympics by just one point but for me you are always a champion! You have achieved what no other female boxer in the world has ever achieved. You are a legend,” wrote Rijiju in a tweet. “India is proud of you,” he wrote and added, “BOXING & OLYMPICS will miss you”.
Dear Mary Kom, you lost in Tokyo Olympics by just one point but for me you are always a champion!
You have achieved what no other female boxer in the world has ever achieved. You are a legend. India is proud of you
BOXING & OLYMPICS will miss you @MangteC pic.twitter.com/caBe555e87
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) July 29, 2021
“We’ll come back Faster, Higher, #StrongerTogether,” tweeted Team India, the official handle of Indian team for the Olympics.
— Team India (@WeAreTeamIndia) July 29, 2021
“Mary Kom, you win every time a young girl picks up a pair of boxing gloves!” tweeted the official handle of Tokyo2020 for India.
— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) July 29, 2021
Businessman Harsh Goenka wrote: “This Mary is no lamb, she is a true KOMbatter. #MaryKom may have lost today but she will continue to reign our hearts. We are proud of you.”
— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) July 29, 2021
Former India cricketer Yusuf Pathan and RP Singh also tweeted to hail Mary Kom.
You are an inspiration for all young girls. You will be a legend forever. Congratulations on your wonderful career. #MaryKom
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) July 29, 2021
— R P Singh (@rpsingh) July 29, 2021
Indian Premier League teams Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings also posted their wishes for the boxer from Manipur.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) July 29, 2021
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask Pdu Whistle Pdu! (@ChennaiIPL) July 29, 2021
“How graceful she was in defeat. She’ll forever be an inspiration,” wrote former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 29, 2021
Mary Kom had said before the Games that Tokyo 2020 would be her last Olympics.
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