Tokyo Olympics: Dissatisfied Lovlina Borgohain eager to analyse and start working | Tokyo Olympics News

Tokyo Olympics: Dissatisfied Lovlina Borgohain eager to analyse and start working | Tokyo Olympics News, the vie

Lovlina Borgohain may have lost her semifinal bout on Wednesday against Turkey’s world champion Busenaz Surmeneli but she remains undaunted in her goal towards the elusive Olympic medal.
“Losing is never an option for me and I knew I could win this match. I am not satisfied with this bronze and I just want to change the colour of my medal to gold,” the bronze medallist told TOI exclusively while answering queries after the bout.
That dream does not seem an unlikely option considering the fact that the 23-year-old started boxing from 2012 and has two World Championship bronze among her many titles, that now comprises being an Olympic medallist.
Lovlina gave her everything in the ring during the semis despite Surmeneli winning it unanimously. While the match will be remembered for the Turkish boxer’s strength, one will not easily forget the brave fight that Lovlina put on against the world No. 1 boxer. However, she never fought Surmeneli earlier and the lack of that experience hurt her at the end of the day.
“Playing against the world champion was a privilege. But it’s not like she is unbeatable. I will have to analyse the fight to know what I could have done better. Once I do that, I will have to start working,” said Borgohain.
For now, though, she will be taking a break from boxing for some time. The past few months have been really difficult for her in every sense and she needs all the rest she can get, both physically and mentally.
First, she tested Covid positive last year and missed a tour to Europe. Then her mother had to undergo a major surgery. During the second Covid wave early this year, the national camp in Delhi had to be halted and she had to train on her own in a hotel room for days.
But she has taken all of that in her stride and wants to remain focussed on her goal, an Olympic gold. “In life, no great things come easily. There are always some difficulties or the other and it will be there in the future also. Despite that my focus will be to always give my 200% and overcome these difficulties,” said the boxer.
As she strives for greatness, Lovlina acknowledged once again how her family has been her constant support over the years. “My family’s support has been my biggest strength throughout this time. And I feel lucky that I have got a family that has supported me through thick and thin despite going through troubles of their own,” added.
Apart from her family, her long-time coach Sandhya Gurung is also there to mentor her and make sure she is prepared well for the upcoming challenges. ‘Sandhya ma’am’, as Lovlina calls her, has been with her since her early days and is more than proud of what her pupil has achieved in Tokyo.
“I always call her a tiger and she fought just like one in Tokyo. She made a few mistakes in the semifinal bout but apart from that she fought very well,” said Gurung, whom Lovlina has always credited for her rise to the top.
With all the support that she gets, one can indeed expect great things from Lovlina but for now she needs to rest and just bask in the glory for a few days.

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