GUWAHATI: Lovlina Borgohain cruised past Nien-Chin Chen in her quarterfinal bout of Women's Welter (64-69kg) on Friday, of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. The win has also assured India of at least a bronze.
Lovlina Borgohain is the first woman boxer from Assam, who has qualified for the Olympics and now is up for the semi-finals. On July 22, Lovlina Borgohain made it through to the pre-quarters of the Tokyo Olympics due to the withdrawal of her opponent from the event.
"I get as per my hard work,' these were the words of Assam's first-ever athlete to qualify and secure a medal in the prestigious Olympic games, Lovlina Borgohain. She said this after defeating Chinese Taipei's Nien-Chin Chen in the quarter-finals.
The Olympic games medalist further asserted that to achieve something one must set a goal and determination. Speaking to Indian media today, Lovlina added that she has full faith in herself.
"I had contracted with the coronavirus. I remained positive and overcome the period,'' she said thanking her coaches, well-wishers, and both the Central and the state government. She also said that how could she prepared herself for the Olympic Games.
"My coaches have honed my skill more. I have learned many new things from them,'' the pugilist said adding that now her only aim is to win gold in the ongoing game.
Saying about her early days in boxing she further said, "I came to know about boxing legend Mahmoud Ali when I was a school student. Later, I have come to know about Mary Kom Madam. I have been inspired them.''
She pointed out that determination and self-confidence apart from hard work helped her the most to attain today's position. "During my preparations for the current Olympics my mother was unwell. But I could not attend her. My father told and advised me not to think about them,'' she added.
Now Lovlina Borgohain will face Turkey's Busenaz Surmeneli on August 4 in the Women's Welterweight (64-69kg) semi-final of the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games.
The semi-final between them will be held at 11 AM.
The Turkey pugilist, on the other hand, defeated Anna Lisenko of Ukraine in her quarter-final. In 2019, she won gold in the World Championship held in Russia.
The 5 feet 7 inches' tall pugilist also won bronze in the European Championship. Lovlina Borgohain is the first woman boxer from Assam, who has qualified for the Olympics. In her Olympic debut, she could assure a medal increasing the expectation of her fans and well-wishers more.
Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister took to his Twitter handle to congratulate the ace boxer from Assam.