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Boxer Lovlina settles for Bronze in Tokyo, Assam CM showers praise

Lovlina Borgohain Image Credit: Tokyo 2020 for India Twitter

Your name will be etched in golden letters in the history of Assam. The entire nation is proud of your phenomenal achievement, tweeted Himanta Biswa Sarma

TFM Desk

Boxer Lovlina Borgohain on Wednesday settled for bronze medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020 after she lost her welterweight semifinal bout to Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena. Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma congratulated the pugilist who became the third Indian athlete at the Tokyo Olympics after weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and shuttler PV Sindhu to clinch a medal.

The Assam Chief Minister tweeted, “Congratulations to Assam’s daughter Lovlina Borgohain for bringing home the bronze medal in the Olympics boxing. Your name will be etched in golden letters in the history of Assam. The entire nation is proud of your phenomenal achievement.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Lovlina Borgohain for winning the Bronze Medal. The Prime Minister also said that her tenacity and determination are admirable.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “Well fought @LovlinaBorgohai! Her success in the boxing ring inspires several Indians. Her tenacity and determination are admirable. Congratulations to her on winning the Bronze. Best wishes for her future endeavours. #Tokyo2020”

A wave of excitement has gripped Assam in the past few days and people of all ages in cities and villages witnessed her semifinal match, including at Guwahati’s famous Nehru Stadium on the big screen.

Prayers were offered for Lovlina’s success, with people cutting across religious lines going to various temples, mosques and churches across the state.

Assam Assembly, led by Speaker Biswajit Daimary, adjourned Wednesday’s session for 30 minutes to allow the ministers, MLAs and officials to watch Lovlina’s match with great enthusiasm.

Accompanied by hundreds of Assamese and people from various other communities, Tiken Borgohain, Lovlina’s father, said that her daughter fought brilliantly against the world’s number one Busenaz Surmeneli.

“I, along with the other people of Assam, strongly believe she will be able to succeed in the next Olympics in 2024 and 2028. We are all proud of her,” Tiken Borgohain, a small-time businessman in Baromukhia, a remote village in Golaghat district, told the media immediately after her daughter’s match.

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