Assam’s Amlan Borgohain to train in Spain

Amlan Borgohain CM
Amlan Borgohain (left) with chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Assam athletics coach Nipon Das | CM Twitter

Assam’s Amlan Borgohain who recently broke the national record in the 200-metre sprint is all set to fly to Spain for a month-long training which the athlete believes will improve his performance.

“I’m looking forward to this camp in Spain which will start next week,” said Amlan who is in his hometown Jorhat with his parents for a brief break.

Reliance foundation Odisha athletics high-performance centre (HPC) athlete Amlan Borgohain cleared the qualifying time for the upcoming 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China after he clocked just 20.52 seconds in the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) Federation Cup a few weeks ago.

It is learnt that altogether seven athletes will fly to Tenerife in Spain for the training. The exposure tour is supported and directed by HPC head coach James Hillier and Reliance foundation Odisha athletics HPC.

On April 22 night, Amlan also met Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

“Happy to meet Amlan Borgohain, who qualified for the Asian Games at Hangzhou, China later this year by setting a new national record in men’s 200 m race at the 25th National Federation Cup Senior Athletics 2022 in Kerala. I wish him success in all his future endeavours,” CM Sarma posted on Twitter.

The 23-year-old Amlan cleared the qualifying time set by AFI in the Federation Cup in the men’s 200m category, which serves as qualification for the 2022 Asian Games. The qualification standard was set at 20.60 seconds, while the previous national record was 20.63 seconds, both of which Amlan surpassed.

Assam athletics coach Nipon Das also accompanied Amlan to meet the chief minister.

Amlan was first spotted by the Reliance foundation sports ecosystem in 2017, where he was invited to the Reliance foundation youth sports (RFYS) elite camp. In the 2018 RFYS nationals finals, he clocked 10.84 seconds in 100m and 22.06 seconds in 200m.

Since April 2020, Amlan has been training under Reliance foundation Odisha athletics HPC head coach James Hillier in Bhubaneswar.

Earlier on April 21, Amlan was felicitated by Assam Athletics Association.

Amlan expressed his desire to participate in the Olympics and try to bring a medal.

He further added: “There is no such specific target with numbers. But yes, I’m looking forward to improve my performance. I want to keep representing my country and give my best.”

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