Once the Tokyo Olympics are over and dusted off, Lovlina Borgohain considers Paris 2024 to realize her “golden” dream
India’s star boxer Lovlina Borgohain may have defied all odds to find her way to a historic ‘bronze’ medal at the Tokyo Olympics, but it’s all ‘done and dusted now’ and she wants to focus on improving every aspect of his game to fulfill his dream of winning Paris edition gold in 2024.
In an exclusive interview with Indiatoday.in, Borgohain, who won welterweight bronze (69kg), spoke about his plans after the Tokyo exploits, his ‘impossible is nothing’ mantra and how her regular life now becomes much more eventful thanks to overnight fame. .
The dynamic boxer from Baro Mukhia village in the Golaghat district of Assam became just the third Indian boxer to finish on the Olympic podium after six-time MC Mary Kom world champion and highly decorated Vijender Singh.
Lovlina is aiming for the elusive Olympic gold, but before that she wants to make her mark in the upcoming women’s boxing world championships after being qualified directly by the Indian federation. Lovlina makes it clear that she wants to perform well at the World Championship, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games as these tournaments would function as a stepping stone ahead of the Paris Games.
“My next goal is the world championship. Like I said earlier, my dream is still not over because I wanted to win the gold medal at the Olympics. My main goal is gold at the Olympics , but before this world championship, the Asian games, the commonwealth games are also very important tournaments for me. I have to perform well in all these tournaments and at the moment my focus is on the world championship, “said Lovlina .
“Raffaele played an important role in my medal in Tokyo”
Indian women’s boxing high performance director Raffaele Bergamasco returned home to Italy after spending nearly a month “waiting” for the national federation to answer his questions as to whether he would be “retained”. Lovlina said Raffaele played a very important role in her rise to the podium with a bronze medal and that she learned a lot working with the Italian coach.
Lovlina Borgohain said she is focused on succeeding at the World Championship (Image Courtesy: India Today)
“Working with him has been great. I have a lot to learn from him and the trip has been very enjoyable. Now that the federation has made the decision, we have to respect it. The federation is making decisions only for our benefit. However, he played a very important role in my Olympic bronze ”, added Lovlina.
“My goal is to transform my weakness into my strength”
Although she won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics in boxing, Lovlina Borgohain is not happy as she says her goal is to win gold in Paris 2024. And to fulfill her dream, Lovlina is focusing on bodybuilding.
“Each opponent or fight teaches you something new. I learned something new from each opponent. I have to work on my strength. My technique was perfect but I found that I needed to improve my strength. worked before Tokyo and we will continue to work there, my goal is to make my weakness my strength in the years to come.
“It feels good to meet PM Modi, he motivated us to improve our performance. My mantra is ‘impossible is nothing’ and I believe that I will realize my dream of winning gold at the Olympic Games in Paris,” said concluded Lovlina.