GUWAHATI: Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain has reached the semi-finals in the women’s Welter (64-69kg) category at the Tokyo Olympics, thereby assuring a medal for the country. The 23-year-old boxer from Assam defeated Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) 4-1 on Friday to enter the semi-finals.
Lovlina will now take on Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey on 4 August. She is the second Indian women boxer after Mary Kom to confirm an Olympic medal.
Talking to media from Tokyo, Lovlina Borgohain said that for her medal means gold. She said that she has made a lot of sacrifices to reach this stage and would enjoy other things only after getting an Olympic medal.
“From the day I started boxing my only aim was to win an Olympic medal. For that I have made a lot sacrifices and would start enjoying only after the medal. This was what I believed. There is only one medal and that is gold, and I am preparing for it. My next match is semi-final and I am planning how to fight it,” said Lovlina.
“From the day I started believing on myself I have stopped worrying about what people say. It does not bother me and from there I have started playing fearlessly. Due to COVID19 I missed the Italy tour and got very less chances to play international competitions. I was missing the feeling of the competition within a ring. I had less sparring moments and I thought how I could manage it and started my training. Our coaches and everyone helped me.
Lovlina Borgohain draws inspiration from legendary boxer Muhammad Ali and watches his videos to improve her skills in the ring.
“I draw inspiration from Muhammad Ali like the footwork and long punch but each boxer is different. I feel the amount of effort and hard work I have put in has given me the results,” said Lovlina.