Indian boxer Lovlia Borgohain is one of the best in the world and her back-to-back medals at the 2018 and 2019 World Championships, as well as a medal at the Tokyo Olympics suggest it. But after winning the Olympics, her form went down; but now, finally, she’s back with a bang.
Even though she lost at the start of the 2022 World Championship and the CWG, she fought back with a gold medal at the Asian Championships. Even though she has been criticized for falling out of shape, she realizes it was planned. “Life has changed a lot since I won the Olympic medal. Back then, I was nobody. Now people know me and look up to me as a role model. Therefore, they expect a lot more from me,” Lovlina said in a chat. with The Bridge.
“If my model didn’t work well, I would be disappointed too. It’s the same here. Since the Olympic medal, I hadn’t been at my best and so naturally there was a lot of criticism and trolling” , she added. with a small laugh.
Post the Tokyo Olympic Games, what did not work in his favor was the change in his weight class; she went from 69kg to 75kg. “The few tournaments I’ve entered after the Olympics were at a time when I was training with the weight class change in mind for the Paris Olympics,” said Lovlina, who plays now in the 75 kg division.
“When you change weight classes, your body goes through a lot of changes. I was somewhere in between the two weight classes and that naturally affected my performance,” Lovlina added.
But a gold medal at the Asian Championships necessarily gives a boxer a lot of confidence. “It was a very different challenge for me to compete in 75kg. I didn’t know much about my opponents but I finally managed to come out on top. The Asian level is very difficult for Indian boxers. There are a lot of good players (in Asia), so it feels good to overcome this challenge after a drop in form,” said Lovlina.
“The National Games was my very first event in 75kg. India has a lot of good boxers in this category and winning gold there gave me a lot of confidence for the Asian Championships,” said- she declared. Lovlina feels like she doesn’t take criticism to heart, and social media trolls are a big reason for her resurgence over the past two months.
“I wouldn’t say that I have completely shut down the media or social media. I just try to take this criticism in a positive way as motivation to do better. If you don’t face such difficulties in life, you don’t wouldn’t grow up. Those things just push me to do better,” the Olympic bronze medalist said.
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