‘Mary inspires me, I am her big fan: Chhetri

Friday, 12 July 2019

I gather motivation from around me — from a lot of personalities. MC Mary Kom is one of them. She is an unbelievable story.” —Sunil Chhetri Fiesta

AHMEDABAD: Talismanic Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri on Thursday said he draws inspiration from legendary boxer MC Mary Kom’s unbelievable story and is the six-time World Champion’s biggest fan.

The 34-year-old striker, who has been in peak form in the last couple of years, was recently named the All India Football Federation’s Men’s Footballer of the Year for a record-extending sixth time. Chhetri has earlier won the honour in the years  2007, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017.

“MC Mary Kom is an unbelievable story,” Chhetri said.

The celebrated boxer has been an inspiring force for all in Indian sports. 

In her 18-year long illustrious career, she has won six World Championships, an Olympic bronze medal, and five Asian Championships.

“MC Mary Kom is a six-time World Champion, and has been a World Champion after giving birth to twins, and even after being a mother of three. If she does not inspire India, who else will. I am her biggest fan,” Chhetri added.

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