In February this yr, 23-year-old boxer Lovlina Borgohain made a two-day journey to her village Baromukhia in Golaghat district in Assam from Military Sports activities Institute, Pune, the place she was coaching. Her mom Mamoni Borgohain affected by kidney failure and present process an operation in Kolkata, the Indian boxer made certain she was by her mom’s facet in robust occasions.

She has not been residence since, and now, she will be able to carry an Olympic medal residence. A 4-1 cut up choice over Chinese language Taipei’s Nein-Chin Chen assures herself of at the least a bronze medal within the 69kg class, making her solely the third Indian boxer to win a medal on the Olympics.

For the Borgohain household, it was a time to have fun in addition to keep in mind the robust occasions they confronted. “The most important pleasure for us is to look at Lovlina play, and the medal she brings from Tokyo can be our prized possession. When her mom suffered a failure of each her kidneys, she was apprehensive and wouldn’t sleep at night time worrying about her. Once we bought the donor, she wished to be along with her. Regardless that she was in a position to spend solely two days, she made certain she supported the household. It was a second life for my spouse and to see Lovlina return with a medal from Tokyo can be a cherished second for all of us after all of the robust occasions,” advised Lovlina’s father Tiken Borgohain, to The Indian Specific.

Property employee

Lovlina Borgohain with dad and mom Tiken and Mamoni earlier. (Specific Picture)

Her father working in a tea backyard close to Baromukhia, a younger Lovlina would develop up seeing her twin sisters Lima and Licha studying Muay Thai, and would additionally accompany considered one of her cousins to enrol on the Adarsha Hindi Excessive Faculty on the close by city of Barpathar beneath coach Prashanta Kumar Das in 2009. Whereas the household of 5 had been financially constrained, Tiken would all the time help his daughters to pursue no matter sport they wished.

Better of Specific Premium
UPSC Key-June 13, 2022: Why and What to know about ‘Article 80 of the Con...Premium
The history of sun worship in India — a diminishing cultPremium
This way to Rashtrapati Bhavan: BJP has the numbers, but why it’s s...Premium
Totally illegal, says ex-CJ of Allahabad High Court; bulldozer cases in l...Premium

“Other than proudly owning a small farm, I labored in a tea backyard close to our village and used to earn Rs 2500 per thirty days. With Lima and Licha pursuing martial arts and later Lovlina too choosing martial arts, managing the funds was robust. However I wished my daughters to play no matter sport they preferred. Within the preliminary days, my spouse would additionally take loans from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh from the village cooperative society and we’d pay the instalments weekly with a high-interest fee. However by some means, we managed and to see them compete made us proud,” mentioned Tiken, who now owns a small tea farm.

Combined martial arts

For 3 years, Lovlina spent hours coaching Muay Thai, kickboxing and Thang-Ta, Manipur’s conventional martial artwork type beneath Das. The teenager would turn out to be the Assam champion in Muay Thai, aside from successful gold in Muay Thai nationals at Guwahati in 2010. She additionally received a silver medal within the Thang-Ta nationals in Jharkhand the identical yr.

With greater than 100 kids from close by villages coming to coach beneath coach Das, Lovlina would typically pedal to Barpathar to strive her arms on the three martial arts varieties. “Like several teenager, Lovlina had her fears of getting hit. However what made her stand aside was her willpower and focus to study new strikes and observe the opponent’s strikes. As Muay Thai requires use of fists, elbows, knees and shins for clinching and gripping, it made Lovlina’s core physique sturdy and competing in Thang-Ta made her physique agile, aside from being versatile at a younger age. Generally we might additionally take her to compete in Tug-of-war competitions at native village video games and he or she can be one of many strongest opponents among the many younger youngsters,” remembers 41-year-old Das.


A go to by SAI coach Padam Boro at Sarupathar Ladies Faculty to pick trainees for the SAI centre at Guwahati noticed Lovlina being chosen for boxing on the academy and the teenager would shift base to Guwahati, a metropolis greater than 300 kilometres away from her village in 2012. The identical yr, she turned the sub-junior nationwide champion within the 70 Kg class on the nationals in Kolkata earlier than she was chosen for the nationwide camp in Bhopal.

Lovlina went on to win 4 worldwide medals together with a silver medal within the Nations cup at Serbia within the subsequent three years earlier than she made her manner into the senior camp within the 75 Kg class in 2016. The next yr she would win bronze in Asian Championships in Vietnam adopted by the primary of her world championship bronze medal on this planet championship at New Delhi in 2018. Lovlina repeated that feat within the subsequent version of the world championships in Russia.

“She understood that to grasp her dream, she needed to shift to Guwahati and he or she would all the time inform us to not fear about her. Along with her elder twin sisters Lima and Licha too working in CISF and BSF in later years, she knew we missed them however would inform us that all of them will make us proud. At any time when she would return to the village, she would guarantee that she introduced one thing for us,” remembers Tiken.

Lovlina Borgohain celebrates along with her coach after successful her girls’s welterweight quarter-final bout on the Tokyo Olympics. (Reuters)

Whereas Lovlina certified for the Tokyo Olympics final yr bagging the quota within the Asian Qualifiers in Jordan, the next months had been spent at residence because of the lockdown. After being awarded the Arjuna award final yr, the teenager made an 11-day journey to her village to be along with her ailing mom and examined constructive for Covid-19 on her return to Patiala.

“My spouse has been ailing with the kidney downside since 2017 and whereas Lovlina spent some months on the village within the preliminary months of lockdown, as soon as the camp began, she knew that she would get much less time. That’s why she got here residence to go to us amid the nationwide camp. When she examined constructive for Covid-19, it was a troublesome part for her and the entire household,” says Tiken.

At any time when Lovlina visits the village, she ensures that she additionally trains with Das and different coaches, “In Muay Thai, one has to make use of each left as effectively proper hand. So it helps her in boxing towards unorthodox boxers too,” says Das.

As for mom Mamoni Borgohain, she can be making Lovllina’s favorite dishes on her return. “She likes to eat Assamese pork dishes aside from masoor jool, a dish comprised of fish from the close by ponds. However her favorite is dal bhaat and I’m certain she’s going to eat a number of that on her return,” says Tiken.

Supply hyperlink