Boxer Lovlina Borgohain qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

India boxer Lovlina Borgohain, who hails from Golaghat in Assam, is all set to compete at the Tokyo Olympics after she advanced to the semifinals of the continental qualifiers in Amman, Jordan on March 8.

Lovlina (69kg) along with Pooja Rani (75kg) and Vikas Krishan (69kg) on March 8 became the first set of Indian boxers to qualify for this year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Two-time world bronze-winner and second seed Borgohain eased past Uzbekistan’s Maftunakhon Melieva to enter the semifinals and secure an Olympic berth.

“Hello India, I am very happy that I will be representing my country at the Tokyo Olympics….happy that today I could play the way my coaches wanted me to. I am thankful to everyone for the support. My aim here is to win a gold for my country and not just qualify for the Olympics,” Lovlina said after her win in a video message.

Confirming Lovlina’s qualification, Boxing Federation of India (BFI) tweeted: “No 2 seed and reigning world championship bronze medalist, @LovlinaBorgohai will go to Tokyo for her first-ever #Olympic Games, outpunched Uzbek boxer with a unanimous verdict to secure a semi-final spot in the 69kg category.”

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