Friday, January 17, 2014

Mary Kom takes her message online

PIC: on MailOnline
Olympic boxer Mary Kom has launched an app to help women learn self-defence, complete with videos covering punches and using high-heels as weapons. 

This will come as no surprise to boxing fans who've long watched the bronze medallist and five-time World Champion. Seeing her fight at the London Olympics was one of the highlight of my sporting year - posted here when I came  back down to earth. 

It seems the app, aimed at women in her home of India, will be available in text-form and as a regular app for people with smartphones, and is produced by Vodafone. 

Kom (at least I think it's her) is quoted in the Mail Online saying: 'The app teaches basic things for people who have not done [boxing] before. If it is too hard for them, it will not interest them. Hopefully, if they are interested, they will continue to learn.'

If you're new to Kom's incredible story, you need to see 'With this Ring' - a doco shot by two Canadian film-makers, following her to the Olympics. 

Her full name btw is Mangte Chungneijang Merykom. She uses Mary Kom as her boxing name - although you will see Mery Kom also.

Here she is in action in London:


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