Indian sporting legend Mary Kom, who made history as India’s first-ever Olympic medallist in women’s boxing, was honored with the prestigious Global Indian Icon of the Year award at the annual UK-India Awards held in Windsor, south-eastern England. Renowned filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, known for directing the Oscar-nominated movie ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age,’ received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to cinema in both India and the UK.
The awards ceremony, organized by India Global Forum (IGF) as part of UK-India Week, recognized individuals and institutions that have made significant contributions to strengthening the ties between India and the UK. The Nehru Centre in London, the cultural wing of the Indian High Commission, was honored with the UK-India Award for its significant contribution to fostering relations between the two nations.
About UK-India Awards
The UK-India Awards are an annual event that celebrates the outstanding contributions of those who drive the UK-India partnership.
- The awards are organized by the India Global Forum, a non-profit organization that promotes trade and investment between the UK and India.
- The UK-India Awards are presented in a variety of categories, including business, professional services, government, culture, and social impact.
- The awards are judged by a panel of experts from the UK and India.
- The UK-India Awards are a prestigious event that recognizes the achievements of those who are helping to build a strong and prosperous UK-India relationship.
- The awards are also a great opportunity for networking and connecting with other key figures in the UK-India business community.
The 5th UK-India Awards was held on June 29, 2023, at the Fairmont Windsor Park Hotel in London. The event was hosted by Rory Bremner, a British comedian and impressionist.
About Mary Kom
Mary Kom is an Indian amateur boxer, politician, and former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha.
- She is the only woman to win the World Amateur Boxing Championship six times, the only female boxer to have won a medal in each one of the first seven World Championships, and the only boxer (male or female) to win eight World Championship medals.
- Nicknamed Magnificent Mary, she was the only Indian female boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she competed in the flyweight (51 kg) category and won a bronze medal.
- She had also been ranked as the world’s No. 1 female flyweight boxer.
- Mary Kom is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in India.
- She is also a member of the International Olympic Committee.
Mary Kom is a true champion, both in and out of the ring. She is an inspiration to all who know her, and she is sure to continue to achieve great things in the years to come.
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