New Delhi, Oct. 10 -- : Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday lauded Mary Kom's exceptional performance in the World Women's Boxing Championships.

The 36-year-old sportsperson stormed into the semi-finals of the ongoing Championship. She defeated Rio Olympics bronze medalist Ingrit Valencia 5-0 in the quarter-finals of the 51 kg division at Ulan Ude in Russia.

"The way Mary Kom has shown her commitment towards the sports after becoming a mother of three children it is a big message to sports," Rijiju told reporters.

"Mary Kom is assured of a medal again, she has already won six world championships titles. She is a legend who has made India proud," he added.

India's Lovlina Borgohain had progressed to the quarter-finals of World Women...