Indian Footballer Bala Devi stated Indian legendary boxer Mary Kom as her idol and inspiration. Indian women’s national team forward Bala Devi, the first woman to play professional football in Europe, is an inspiration for many upcoming players across the country. But now she has revealed her inspiration and how it worked for her.
In a candid chat with AIFF TV, she revealed how she inspired from a legendary boxer MC Mary Kom and how they two met and interacted at the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon.
Bala Devi made her debut for Rangers FC in the Scottish Women’s Premier League in February, before the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world stand still.
Her first competitive goal for the club on Sunday in a win against Motherwell. In recent years, the women’s senior national team has made tremendous progress and played a number of exposure matches against top Asian oppositions.
What Bala Devi said about Mary Kom?
“Mary Kom is a big source of inspiration for me. She came from such a humble beginnings and through hard work, she broke so many records . Even after becoming as mother, she continued to break records and win laurels for the country.
We met and interacted at the Asian Games in 2014 . She is a very friendly person and also supported us during our games,”
I have represented India a lot. In my mind i wanted to play the international level . ‘then , I started seeking our team and eventually chose to sign for Rangers as they are one the best club in the world.– Bala Devi
THE HISTORY MAKER:
Bala Devi scripted another piece of history last week when she scored her first goal for Ranger women in 9-0 victory against Motherwell women. Thus she became the first female Indian football to score in a European league.
“After the goal , a lot of people wished me and many were talking and writting about it, which made me feel proud. I just want everyone to continue supporting us for the country in the future,”
MARY KOM AND HER ACHIEVEMENTS:
Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom was born in Manipur, India. she was Indian women Boxer. She is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. Competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal.
She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women’s Ranking Flyweight category. She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. .
She has won:
- Women’s world Amateur Boxing championships in 2001 and 2002.
- Asian women’s championship in 2003,2005,2010 and 2012.
- Women’s world cup in 2004
and she has received:
- Padma Bhusan (sports) 2013.
- Padma shree(sports) 2006
- Magnificiant Mary 2008.
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2009
- Arjuna Award 2003.
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