Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist boxer Lovlina Borgohain said the country’s athletes need a totally scientific approach in the training system to enable Indian sportspersons to win more medals in future sporting mega-events, like the Olympics.
She was speaking on the opening day of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)’s global sports summit Scorecard 2022.
The seventh edition of the two-day annual flagship conclave for the business of sports in India, under the aegis of the national committee of sports of the CII, along with knowledge partners Grant Thornton Bharat, is being conducted virtually with the theme being ‘Priorities and Potential for a New World for Sport’.
“I believe there is a lot of talent in India and Indian athletes are the most hardworking in the world. I feel that the training system needs to be totally scientific for us to win more medals.
“In the past few years, we have developed a lot and scientific training has also started but we need to implement it right from the grassroots level. The government of India is doing a lot for sports these days. I wouldn’t have been here without their support,” said Lovlina, who recently qualified for the world championships and Asian Games.
Further sharing her views, Lovlina said: “Sports should become a regular subject in school right from the early days till graduation and sports science should be the key.”
Talking about her responsibilities, she added: “Every time I step into the ring, I feel I have the responsibility of winning and making my nation proud. I want to inspire the next generation and help them as I can understand them and relate to the problems they face. My message to them is to not get bogged down after setbacks as it is a long road to success which needs a lot of patience.”
During the occasion, Klas Molin, ambassador of Sweden to India was also present. He said: “Both India and Sweden share a very good bilateral relationship. I believe there should be a focus on the concept of broader participation, Olympic values and promoting voluntary participation. There are a lot of collaborative challenges that both the country can pursue.”
“The advancement of globalisation has changed the sporting and fan engagement culture all over the world. There is a growing awareness and change in Indian sport as well. India’s young, dynamic and start-up ecosystem offers a lot of opportunities for collaboration between both the countries,” said Tanmaya Lal, ambassador of India to Sweden and Latvia.