India's wonder girl MC Mary Kom lost in the semifinals of 51 kg category winning bronze medal for India. She lost to Nicola Adams of Britain 6-11. Mary played Nicola Adams and stepped down a weight (from 54 to the present 51) while she had moved up from 48. Earlier in the day, a large number of people in Manipur prayed for her success in temples and churches all over the state.
"I pray to God at the temple before and after the game of Mary Kom," said her first boxing coach Ibomcha Singh, expressing confidence that Mary would do well in the remaining two bouts.
Many supporters walked through the streets of the capital and elsewhere with placards in hand and praying for her and another boxer from Manipur, Devendroo Singh's success in the 49kg class quarterfinal bout.
Reports from some parts of the state said sports lovers and supporters of the two boxers prayed before temples and churches by offering flowers.
Manipur chief minister Ibobi Singh also prayed for Mary's success.
The 29-year-old Manipuri, a mother of twins, thrashed her Tunisian rival Maroua Rahali 15-6 in a one-sided quarter-final at the ExCel Arena on Monday.
[Courtesy: Hindustan Times, August 8, 2012]