In her first, Mary Kom seeks better facilities for players

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Indian Boxer MC Mary Kom during a meeting with  Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

File photo of Indian Boxer MC Mary Kom during a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi.
Photo: PTI

Five-time world boxing champion and nominated member Mary Kom on Tuesday expressed concern in Rajya Sabha over the training and the diet provided to players participating in international sporting events. Her intervention has come in the backdrop of doping controversy plaguing Indian athletes right before the Rio Olymipics.

33 year-old Mary Kom was nominated to Rajya Sabha in April.

Making her first intervention in the Upper House during Question Hour, Kom expressed concern about proper training for the players as well as quality diet for them.

Stressing that the diet should be given to them on time, she said there were instances when the food had arrived just when the players were about to go for a match. Her intervention was lauded by the members with thumping of desks.

The former Olympic Bronze medal winner, Kom also extended her best wishes to the Indian Olympic contingent and hoped they would bring back laurels for the country. Kom had won Bronze in 2012 London Olympics in 51 kg category.

Responding to her intervention, MoS Sports Vijay Goel assured her that the government will look into her specific complaints, if any.

Apprising the Upper House, Goel said the government was spending as much as Rs 30 lakh to Rs one crore on training each of the 119 players representing India in the Rio Olympics and preparations for the next Olympics in Tokyo have also already started.

Special customised training was being provided to each of the players representing the country in the Olympics and government will try to provide the best training to budding players, the Sports minister added.

(With inputs from the PTI)