Visit your local fitness center and you’ll come across advertisements promising a dream weight-loss program. But for Mary Kom, that is just warm-up. Reports suggest that the champion boxer had just landed in Poland for a recently concluded tournament, and discovered she was overweight. She faced one challenge: Lose 2 kilograms in as little as four hours or be disqualified.
Faced with a near impossible task, Mary picked up her training gear. She had arrived in Poland at around 3:30 am and the weigh-in time was 7:30 am. The target weight was 48kgs and she was over by a few. “So, I had roughly four hours to shed that or I would have been disqualified for being over-weight at the time of general weigh-in. But I did skipping for an hour at a stretch and just like that, I was ready,” Mary was quoted saying by news agencies.
The five-time world champion said she was lucky to have travelled in a flight that was almost empty, enabling her to sleep with her legs outstretched. It helped to make sure she was not stiff when she landed.