The second edition of the India Open international boxing tournament is being held at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati from 20th May. Assam boxer Shiva Thapa is one of the favourites as he hails from Guwahati. Speaking to Partha Pratim Thakuria from NewsLive Assam, Shiva Thapa revealed his plans for 2019 and the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020.
Please tell us about your preparations for the India Open boxing tournament?
I am excited and I have prepared well for the tournament. I have just participated in the Asian championships followed by a camp in Patiala. This is the third time I am competing at home after the Nationals and SAAF games. Moreover, there will be friends and family to cheer up and I am looking forward to it.
What are your hopes this time around?
Definitely, hopes are high. Guwahati is a sports hub and reputed championships have been organised here. And, I think people here understand that the level of motivation and environment for sports is at a very different level. So, I think tournaments like this will inspire our young boxers and sportspersons who look to pursue boxing or sports as a dream or career. For them, these tournaments will be a great motivator and inspiration. As I said, playing at home has unique vibrations and energy and taking that energy forward I will try to power pack my performance.
All eyes will be on your performance and for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Who will be your main opponents?
In the Asian championships, we faced boxers from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and China. We will be seeing some good boxing from European and American countries. This time, we will change the categories as the weight category will change for the Olympics. For that, we will sit with our coaches and discuss how to move ahead in the categories. I will move to the 63 kg category from the present 60 kg. This will be my last tournament in the 60 kg category.