Mary Kom promises free training to talented Kerala boxers at opening of Kerala Games | boxing news

Olympic bronze medalist boxer Mary Kom, who was in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday for the opening ceremony of the inaugural Kerala Games, has pledged to provide free training to the state’s young and talented boxers at her academy in Manipur.
“Kerala used to provide many national level boxers before. But today it is unfortunate that there are no international boxers emerging from the state. If talented young boxers from Kerala come , I will be happy to give them free training in our academy,” said Mary Kom, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kerala Olympic Association (KOA) at the ceremony.
Tokyo Olympics medalists PR Sreejesh, Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Bajrang Punia were also congratulated at the star-studded opening ceremony. Kerala athletes Sajan Prakash, KT Irfan, Alex Antony and MP Jabir were also present.
Sports Minister V Abdurahiman said physical education will be included in the curriculum from the pre-primary years. He added that the new state sports policy will give a huge boost to sports in the state.
“At a time when the number of tournaments is dwindling, initiatives like the Kerala Games can inspire young people and will help bring children back to the pitch after the pandemic lull,” said the Indian team goalkeeper from hockey Sreejesh.
The Kerala Games action will kick off on Sunday with boxing at Kanakakunnu, Thiruvananthapuram, while taekwondo matches will also kick off at the central stadium in the state capital. Women’s football will start at Maharaja’s College Ground and Panampilly Nagar Ground in Kochi while men’s and women’s volleyball competitions will also start in Vadakara, Kozhikode.
As many as 7,000 sportsmen from 14 districts of the state will compete in 24 sporting events in the inaugural Kerala Games which will end on May 10.

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