Mary Kom set to be conferred honorary Lt Colonel rank

Five-time boxing world champion M C Mary Kom is all set to become the first Indian woman and the fifth sportsperson overall to hold an honorary rank in the country's defence forces as she will be made a Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army. Mary Kom said the official announcement about the honour would be made shortly. "It's in the process and the announcement (by the Army) will come very soon," she said when asked about the reported move by the Army.
If conferred the rank, Mary Kom will join cricketers Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev and Olympic gold-medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra to be given honorary ranks by the country's defence forces. Dhoni, Kapil and Bindra were made Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army while Tendulkar holds the rank of honorary Group Captain in the Indian Air Force.


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