New Delhi: Gill Promises Justice for Mary Kom


New Delhi, Dec 3: A day after four-time world champion MC Mary Kom vented her frustration at being ignored for Khel Ratna twice, Sports Minister MS Gill on Tuesday said he would ensure that the Manipuri boxer gets justice this time.

Gill called Mary Kom to his residence on Tuesday and assured her that her achievements would not go unnoticed.

"She has done outstandingly well and I took note of her achievements. But there is a system for these awards and as a Minister, my job is to ensure that justice is done. I'll look into it and ensure that her case is argued and she is considered," he said.

In an angry outburst on Monday, Mary Kom had asked "how many titles do I have to win to be worthy enough for the Khel Ratna?"

"(Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh) Dhoni gets a Khel Ratna for winning just one World Cup. I fail to understand why am I being ignored then," she fumed.

"How can an athlete remain motivated if he or she is ignored like this," the pin weight pugilist had said after returning with an unprecedented fourth World Championship gold medal from Ningbo City, China.

Gill even asked his officials to get an action photo of Mary Kom to be put on display in his cabinet gallery. A delighted Mary Kom said the meeting has brightened her Christmas this year.

"For once it is a Happy Christmas," she giggled. 


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