Lovlina Borgohain

Age: 26

DOB: October 2, 1997

Sport: Boxing

Birthplace: Barpathar

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World Championships102
Asian Championships102
Commonwealth Games220

Lovlina Borgohain is set to represent India in boxing at the Paris Olympics 2024. Her remarkable talent and dedication has made her a prominent figure in Indian sports and an inspiration to many aspiring athletes.

Early Life and Background

Born in the Golaghat district of Assam, Lovlina’s life has been centred around sports from a young age. Her father, Tiken Borgohain, a small-scale businessman, faced financial challenges but supported her ambitions. Initially a Muay Thai practitioner, Lovlina was inspired to take up boxing after her twin sisters, Licha and Lima, pursued kickboxing. Lovlina’s talent was spotted during trials held by the Sports Authority of India at her high school, Barpathar Girls High School. She was selected by Coach Padum Chandra Bodo at the SAI STC Guwahati in 2012 and later trained under Sandhya Gurung.

Outside the boxing ring, Lovlina enjoys spending time with her family. Shy, reticent, and introverted, she moved to Guwahati at 15 to fulfil her mother’s dream of proving that girls are not ‘lesser’. After losing in the quarter-finals of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Lovlina realised that physical fitness alone wasn’t enough and turned to meditation. However, she gave up meditation before the Tokyo Olympics, opting instead to free her mind. Lovlina’s achievements have brought significant changes to her village, including concrete roads and clean drinking water.

Major Achievements:

  • Bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
  • Gold at 2023 World Boxing Championships
  • Bronze medals at 2018 and 2019 World Championships
  • Bronze medal at the 2017 President’s Cup in Astana
  • 2020: Arjuna Award – India’s second-highest sporting honour
  • 2021: Khel Ratna Award – India’s highest sporting honour
  • 2021: Asom Sourav – Assam’s second-highest civilian award

Qualifying Events

Lovlina Borgohain secured her spot in the Paris 2024 Olympics by reaching the final of the women’s 75kg boxing event at the 2023 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. She defeated Thailand’s Baison Maneekon by unanimous decision in the semi-final, utilising her height advantage and defensive skills to clinch the win.

Training and Preparation

Lovlina Borgohain, along with other Indian boxers, will travel to Türkiye for a special training camp ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympics. This camp, organised under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of India, aims to enhance their preparation for the Summer Games. The boxers will be supported by two coaches and a physio during their training.

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Quotes and Interviews

Lovlina Borgohain’s journey in boxing is far from over. In 2019, she signed with sports management firm Infinity Optimal Solutions (IOS) to manage her endorsements and commercial interests. In 2022, she was appointed as Deputy Superintendent of Police by the Assam Government and elected as the chair and a voting member on the board of directors for the International Boxing Association’s Athletes’ Committee.

Conclusion

As Lovlina Borgohain steps into the ring at the Paris Olympics, India will be cheering her on, hoping to see her return as a champion. Regardless of the outcome, her journey is a an example of the power of perseverance and hunger for bringing the glory to her country.

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