By Chetan Sharma
New Delhi, August 15 (IANS) The bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo, Lovlina Borgohain, is currently on cloud nine after witnessing Independence Day from the Red Fort itself on Sunday.
The Assam boxer – along with 240 odd Olympians, support staff and officials from SAI and the Sports Confederation – were invited to adorn the Gyan Trail in front of Red Fort Ramparts.
Lovlina told IANS: “It was a great experience. I have always seen the ceremony on TV and it was a bit surreal to be at the Red Fort and be a part of our country’s party in August in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other eminent personalities as well as fellow players. This day will definitely be etched in my memory forever. ”
She further said that her dream is to win the gold medal and become an Olympic champion as she prepares for the Paris Games in 2024.
“I’m not happy with my game. My dream is to win gold. I want to be an Olympic champion. My dream was to win gold at this Olympics. I had to be happy with the bronze medal. But I did not come empty-handed. Now I have to prepare for the Olympics in 2024, ”she said.
Lovlina assured India of her second medal at the Tokyo Games after beating former world champion Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals of women’s welterweight boxing.
However, Lovlina’s quest for gold ended in the semifinals. She became only the third Indian boxer to finish on the Olympic podium, joining two of the biggest icons in Indian boxing — six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (London Olympics in London 2012) and the well-mannered Vijender Singh (bronze at the Beijing Olympics 2008)).
Behind Lovlina’s brilliant performances over the years is decades of family struggle.
“My journey was really tough. Living away from your family for eight years is not an easy thing. My family supported me a lot and here I am. They motivate me and help in every way, ”she added.
Meanwhile, Mary Kom’s coach Chhote Lal Yadav also expressed his happiness at being part of the function. “It’s like a dream come true. Must say ‘Modi ji hai to mumkin hai’ (Modi makes it possible). “
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