Sorry Could Not Get Gold, Will Get it in Paris: Lovlina to Assam as she Thanked State for all the Love and Prayers

Published: August 12,2021 04:50 PM

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Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma led the state in felicitating Olympic medallist Lovlina Borgohain who won bronze medal in boxing

Aug 12, 2021: Assam’s first Olympic medallist, pride of Assam, boxer Lovlina Borgohain won hearts one more time on Thursday as she apologised to the state for not being able to bring home a gold medal. “I am sorry I could not get the gold. Entire Assam prayed for me,” said Lovlina as she thanked the state for all the love and prayers after her return to her home state post winning the bronze medal in welterweight boxing in the just concluded Tokyo Olympics 2020.

“People of Assam were hoping for gold. I give my word that I will get gold in Paris Olympics,” Lovlina said as she was addressing Assam from Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Guwahati where a felicitation programme was organised led by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Expressing her gratitude for the prayers, love and support, the 23  year old pugilist from Assam’s Barpathar said that she could feel the ‘josh’ in the boxing ring. “Not even for a moment did I feel that I will not win a medal. I thought the medal will be gold. I thank everyone for their love and prayers. I am glad that I did not return empty handed. It is all because of your love and prayers that I could win a medal,” Lovlina said thanking the over 3 crore population of Assam.

“My entire journey has been a struggle but I was focussed and my only aim was an Olympic medal,” Lovlina who became the first sportsperson from Assam to win an Olympic medal said. She put an end to Assam’s 125 year wait for an Olympic medal.

She thanked her parents for their unflinching support and immense struggle they had to go through to make her shine. Lovlina regretted the fact that even though she wanted to help her parents during their struggles she could not as she was focussed on her goal. She apologised to her parents for not being able to help them during them trying times.

Lovlina urged on parents and guardians to allow their children to play and help them take up sports as a career. “Assam and Northeast has a lot of talent in sports,” she said requesting other children not to get scared but come forward and play. She hoped that more sportsperson from Assam will make it to Olympics and other

Chief Minister Sarma felicitated Lovlina. The Assam government honoured her with Rs one crore as cash award and Lovlina has been appointed as DSP in Assam Police. CM Sarma also announced that a road of Guwahati would be named after her. Lovlina is being hosted by the state as State Guest.