From Our Correspondent
SHILLONG, feb 14: While India’s rising star and reigning Asian Champion Shiva Thapa (56kg) was busy bossing around his Bangladesh rival inside the ring en route to the fil of the 12th South Asian Games, a man watched from the stands with silent admiration rarely making his emotions felt.
Thapa, soon, ousted his opponent, an AIBA World Championship medalist Ohiduzzaman Mohd of Bangladesh, 3-0 to set up the title clash with Sri Lankan Ruwan Thili and even as the packed NEHU, SAI Special Area Games roared with cheers, for the man in the stands it looked like business as usual.
He was Shiva's father, Padam Thapa, a martial are instructor, and undoubtedly a big force behind his son's success.
It was Padam Thapa's dream to see his son represent the country in the Olympics. That dream was fulfilled when Shiva became the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics in 2012.
The ambitious father now wants his son to make the country proud by earning the ultimate honour, an Olympic medal.
Giving a sneak peek into the star boxer's persol life, the senior Thapa said that his young lad might be all aggressive in the boxing are but in his persol life, “Shiva is a music and movie lover who likes to maintain discipline in everything he does”.
“He is a nice human being who respects everybody and has no ego. These aspects make us proud,” he said.
Fondly called as “Musa” by his near and dear ones, Shiva is the dearest at home and the cynosure of all eyes.
No wonder then that he is a household me in Assam.