Lovlina Borgohain Assam’s First Woman Boxer To Qualify For The Tokyo Olympics
Born on 2nd October 1997, the daughter of a small scale businessman, Lovlina Borgohain hails from the Golaghat district of Assam.
Following the footsteps of her twin sisters, Lovlina started her career as a kickboxer but later shifted her career to boxing. The Sports Authority of India held trials at her high school Barpathar Girls High School, where Lovlina participated. She was noticed and selected by renowned Coach Padum Boro, who began training her in 2012. She was later coached by Chief Women's Coach Shiv Singh.
Participating in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, she, unfortunately, lost to Sandy Ryan from the UK in the quarterfinals. But her efforts kept her going. She won the bronze medal at the 2018 & 2019 editions of the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships, following it up with a gold medal at the 1st edition held in New Delhi and a silver medal at the 2nd edition of the India Open International Boxing Tournament held in Guwahati.
In March 2020, Borgohain secured the Olympic berth in the 69 kg with a 5-0 win over Maftunakhon Melieva of Uzbekistan in the 2020 Asia & Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament.
She has become the first woman from Assam to qualify for the Olympics and the second boxer from the state to represent the country after Shiva Thapa. In 2020, she became the sixth person from Assam to receive the Arjuna Award.
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