New Delhi, July 30: Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) today assured of medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics after defeating Chinese Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen 4-1 to enter the semifinals.
Borgohain is a two-time World and Asian championships bronze-medallist. The 23-year-old Assam boxer prevailed 4-1 to make the last-four where she will square off against reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey, who beat Anna Lysenko in her quarterfinal bout.
Now with Lovlina Borgohain guaranteeing us a second medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics, after defeating a former world champion, it fills my heart with pride. Just like me, this is a joyous moment not just for every Assamese but for every Indian. To see a young woman from Baro Mukhia village in Golaghat district,Assam finish at the podium in Tokyo Olympics fills me with so much happiness.
Earlier in the day, the Minister tweeted “Congratulations @LovlinaBorgohai on entering the semi-finals of the women’s welterweight category at #Tokyo2020. The first woman boxer from Assam to qualify for #Olympics is now the first boxer to secure a medal for India at #Tokyo2020”
Lovlina’s fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude is well known. Many of us have seen Lovlina train with a gas cylinder during the lockdown.
It is this Nari Shakti that the Prime Minister talks about and wants us to celebrate. Lovlina’s journey in Tokyo will continue next week in her semi-final bout. India will cheer her on and every household will treat her as one of their own as they watch her land those famous punches. Today, let us celebrate that the two medals that we have won so far due to two amazing, gritty women who persevered against all odds.