Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest George Voinovich, former Ohio Governor and U.S. Senator, died in his sleep at the age of 79 on June 12.Voinovich was known as a true friend of Ohio agriculture and was a regular attender and promoter of the Ohio State Fair and his home state.“George was the long-time mayor of Cleveland — a city kid, but he loved the Ohio State Fair! He loved being with the 4-H kids, working the bidders at the Sale of Champions, staying overnight with a farm family, and being a part of Ohio’s great agriculture community. After he left the Governor’s Office, he would continue to come to the Ohio State Fair with grandkids every summer. He was so proud of the Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center on the Fairgrounds,” said Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General who served as Voinovich’s Lt. Governor. “George took great pride in sharing Ohio’s unique places with others. He had a passion for promoting Ohio tourism — from the banks of the Ohio River to the shores of Lake Erie. He loved our state.”The current Ohio Governor recalled the leadership of Voinovich.“He was a unifier who thought outside the box, never gave up and worked hard for the ideas he believed in up until the very end of his life. Thanks to that leadership he saved Cleveland, governed Ohio compassionately and responsibly and was a candid voice for reason in the U.S. Senate. I am proud to have known him and grateful for what he did for our state and nation,” said Gov. John Kasich. “To his wife Janet, his children and his many grandchildren, my family sends our condolences and heartfelt prayers at this difficult time, and on behalf of Ohio I send my gratitude for sharing this wonderful, dynamic man with us for so many years.”
Five-time world boxing champion MC Mary Kom may have seen the best in the business in several sporting meets in India and abroad. Yet the Manipuri likes to tread a cautious path when it comes to predicting her chances at the Asian Games. “You cannot dismiss anybody as mean or the strongest,” declared the Manipuri, as women’s boxing makes its debut here.Perhaps it’s Mary Kom’s modesty that has stood her in good stead. But the mother of two does not want to take any chances as she will be fighting in a new weight category (51kg) for the first time. Mary Kom feels she will have a tough time this time around.With prayers on her lips, she said she was wary of the Chinese, Thai and Japanese boxers. “The Chinese are really good and I have run into them in the World Championships before at Taejon City. They have been specially preparing for the Games. They will give a good fight,” she said.As for her preparations, Mary Kom feels confident. She, however, feels that having to up her weight from 46 to 51, she was struggling a bit. “It’s okay now, but when you constantly chance your weight category, things can go awry. More than concern for winning a medal for India, I am worried about how people back home will feel if I fail. They have been pinning a lot of hopes on me and for them at least I want to win a gold medal here,” she said.advertisementKeeping that in mind, the 27- year-old is sparring with teammates at the gymnasium since her arrival a couple of days ago. The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award winner is conscious of the fact that she will have to fight exceedingly well to win a medal.”This is a very big opportunity for me. A gold medal here will keep my motivation level high for the London Olympics,” said the boxer.Asked if she managed to visit the church at the Athletes Village, Mary Kom smiled to say that she didn’t have to do that to pray to the god. “God is in my heart so I don’t have to visit the church,” she said.Now contrast this with another champion boxer Suranjoy Singh who was standing away from Mary Kom. Even as the entire media attention was on her, the CWG gold medallist was waiting patiently for Mary Kom to return so that they could go for practice together.When a scribe introduced the boxer to another of his ilk as a star boxer to watch out for at the Games, the Manipuri brushed aside the remark by saying: “No sir, I have not yet become a star. You will have to wait for two more years, until the London Olympics,” he said.The message from the diminutive pugilist was loud and clear.