Lovlina Borgohain wins a bronze medal in the women’s welterweight (64-69 Kg category). She is bringing home India’s third medal in Boxing in the prestigious Olympic Games. Before her, Vijender Singh (2008) and MC Mary Kom (2012) have won an Olympics bronze medal in their respective categories.
Lovlina hails from Baro Mukhia village located in Assam’s Golaghat district. She is the youngest of her siblings, her elder twin sisters are currently serving in CRPF and BSF. The 23-year-old boxer has bagged a medal in Boxing after a long wait of 9 years.
When Lovlina was set to undergo training in Europe, she tested positive for COVID-19. Having missed that, her determination didn’t falter. She even practised at home by lifting LPG cylinders. Her story is sure to inspire everyone.
Lovlina Borgohain: From Paddy Fields to Olympic Podium
Lovlina’s father is a farmer by profession. Her interest in sports, motivated her father to enroll 12-year-old Lovlina in muay thai classes. Afterwards, she ventured into boxing.
The boxer’s father says, ‘In our village, we are so happy. People from every street are coming to our homes to congratulate us and Lovlina. About 8 years ago, she joined boxing in 2012. After joining boxing, she won a gold in national games. After that, be it international or national games, she has always won something. I believe, getting a medal (in Tokyo Olympics) makes us happier, She chose boxing when she was 14 years-old.’
Wishing her, President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, ‘Congratulations to Lovlina Borgohain! With your hard work and dogged determination, you have done the nation proud. Your Bronze medal in boxing at the Olympics Games will inspire the youth, especially young women, to battle with challenges and turn their dreams into reality.’
PM Modi took to Twitter, ‘Well fought Lovlina Borgohain! Her success in the boxing ring inspires several Indians. Her tenacity and determination are admirable. Congratulations to her on winning the Bronze. Best wishes for her future endeavours.’
It is just the start of an illustrious career of Lovlina. Meanwhile, keep cheering the other athletes!