Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain will take to the ring in Tokyo on Saturday to begin her journey to Olympic glory.
For Horen Gogoi, the clock suddenly slowed down and Saturday morning seemed like an eternity. “I can't wait for this moment,” he said. On Saturday morning, Lovlina Borgohain, a neighbour and resident of the humble village of Baro Mukhia in the Golaghat district of Assam, steps into the ring to begin her quest for Olympic boxing glory. She became Assam's first Olympic athlete and second nationalist after Shiva Tapa.
Gogoi had come right all the way down to Guwahati on Wednesday to take part in a bicycle rally organised to desire her luck. Led through chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the rally, aptly named ‘Go for Glory, Lovlina’, noticed the participation of MLAs and ministers except government officers and a huge quantity of residents who included around six kilometres.
Lovlina's father, Tiken Borgohain, was also there.
"Our village is on tenterhooks. In fact, all of Assam is. We are all praying hard for her and want to see her return with a medal," Gogoi told Outlook. "Hers has been an incredible journey and I am fortunate to have witnessed it from up close," Gogoi stated.
Borgohain said Lovlina is in contact with her family. “He talks to us in Tokyo almost every day. We talk very little about boxing. Instead, his mother cares more about how he behaves. She advises him to eat well and sleep well, ”he said. You shouldn't keep them distracted and you should be aware of social media. The preparations are over, and now there is only one game left. " “The last time we saw him in Calcutta was when he underwent surgery on his mother in February,” he said.
He said Saturday will be their first game and there is still a long way to go. “You can only get medals by winning the semi-finals,” he said. “Yes, everyone was looking forward to Saturday. But regardless of whether he wins or loses, he is happy to be on the big stage. "
" I still can recall the day when she and her two elder twin sisters would carry their bicycles on their shoulders and their slippers in their hands because the roads would be slushy from the rain, and walk up to the road outside the village before being able to ride their training," Gogoi stated.
Sisters Lovlina Leach and Lima are very good at Muay Thai and currently work at CISF and BSF respectively. I started Muay Thai in 9th grade and moved to boxing in 2012. After reaching the Olympic welterweight final (69kg) last March, he never looked back and won the Arjuna Award.
He said he focused on the Olympics, which he has been aiming for ever since he wore gloves. In memory of her, in 2015, she tattooed five Olympic rings on her left wrist.
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