Guwahati: Lovlina Borgohain, Assam's woman boxer, becomes the first woman pugilist from Assam to qualify for the Olympics. She would be seen participating in the Women's 69 kg Welterweight category at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
She secured a berth for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 with a bronze medal finish in the 2020 Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic qualifiers.
Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter to congratulate her. He tweeted, "A matter of great joy and pride for us as @LovlinaBorgohai becomes the first woman pugilist from Assam to qualify for the #Olympics. My heartiest Congratulations to you Lovlina. You have our finest wishes for the big moment. May you continue to shine and succeed."
Hails from the Golaghat district in Assam, Lovlina was born on October 2, 1997. She won a gold medal at 1st India Open International Boxing Tournament held in New Delhi and a silver medal at the 2nd India Open International Boxing Tournament held in Guwahati. Most recently, she won a bronze medal at the 2019 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships held in Ulan-Ude, Russia.
In 2020, she brought laurels to the state by being awarded the Arjuna Award. It is to be mentioned that Lovlina was inspired by her siblings. She started off with Muay Thai, but later switched to boxing when an opportunity presented itself. She participated in a trial conducted by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) at her school where she caught the eye Padum Boro, the coach under whom she started practicing the sport in 2012.
She recently won bronze in the 69 kg category at the Asian Boxing Championship held in Dubai.