Delhi: July 31: Boxer Lovlina Borgohain will bring the second medal for India. She has entered in women’s welterweight (69 kg) by reaching the semifinals, beating Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei in a quarterfinal bout at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.
After MC Mary Kom, she will be second Indian Boxer to win an Olympic Medal. Mary Kom had won a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics in London.
23-year old from Assam, defeated Chen 4-1 on points in the quarterfinals.
She will meet Surmeneli Busenaz of Turkey in the first semifinal on August 4, a win assuring her of at least a silver medal.
This will be India’s second medal at the Tokyo Olympics after weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won a silver medal on July 24.
Minister of DoNER, Tourism and Culture, G.Kishan Reddy said,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.
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.