Tokyo Olympics: PM Narendra Modi says ‘wins and losses are part of life’ as Mary Kom apologises for Olympics failure

Breakfast with Modi: Mary Kom apologised after her Tokyo Olympics exit, but he instead lauded her efforts throughout her career.
Breakfast with Modi: Mary Kom apologised after her Tokyo Olympics exit, but he instead lauded her efforts throughout her career.

Breakfast with Modi: PM Narendra Modi says ‘wins and losses are part of life’ as Mary Kom apologizes for Tokyo Olympics failure – Indian boxing legend Mary Kom said that she was honored to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi as she was in attendance along with other Olympians for breakfast at his residence earlier this week. PM Modi took time out to interact with the athletes and wished them well following their success at the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics. The Summer Games in Japan saw India’s best performance ever at the Olympics, with a haul of seven meals.

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During the Breakfast with Modi, Mary Kom interacted with the Indian Prime Minister, who lauded her for the service she has done for the country. PM Modi cheekily said, “We miss you in Parliament” with Mary Kom being a Rajya Sabha MP. The Indian boxing veteran said that she couldn’t attend because of practice and then proceeded to apologise for not coming home with a medal from the Tokyo Olympics.

PM Modi however consoled Mary Kom and lauded her efforts and contribution towards the sport. He said, “Wins and losses are part of life. You have contributed in a big way in the sports world, especially in India. It is because of you that women sportswomen have grabbed the spotlight now. The last decade has been in your fists, so you have achieved a lot.”

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Mary Kom is the only female boxer to have won a medal in each one of the first seven World Championships, and the only boxer (male or female) to win eight World Championship medals. The 38-year-old has two Asian Games and a Commonwealth medal also in the bag, in what has been a glorious career for the pugilist. Kom fought against the Rio Olympics bronze medalist Colombian boxer Ingrit Valencia in the quarter-final but lost the bout by split decision.

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