KIYG will produce Olympic medals in future, says Lovlina Borgohain

Two-time world championship bronze medallist boxer Lovlina Borgohain expressed that the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) is an excellent platform for athletes to showcase their talent and will produce Olympic medallists in the upcoming years.

Borgohain, who hails from Assam, said, “It’s an honour for the state to host the competition. There will be a lot of athletes who will win medals at the 2024 Olympics because of Games,” said the 22-year-old.

“The KIYG is a big tournament and a great platform for athletes to showcase their talent and also provides great exposure for upcoming athletes,” said Borgohain.

The Assam athlete has won gold at the India Open in 2018, a bronze medal each in the 2018 World Championships and 2019 world championships in the welterweight category.

She clinched bronze in the 2017 Asian championships as well. Borgohain, who finished at the quarter-finals of the commonwealth games last year, is currently preparing to clinch a berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I am preparing for Olympic qualification at the moment. I came from a village and started training at an SAI centre. I am happy with the way my career has shaped up so far. I want to book a berth in the 2020 Olympics and win a medal for India,” said boxer.

The KIGY is slated to begin from January 10 in Guwahati in 11 venues. There will be 20 disciplines this year.

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