Lovlina’s achievement brings a ray of hope for her town
The time Lovlina Borgohain became the first sportsperson from Assam to win a medal at the Olympics on Wednesday, an air of celebrations engulfed the whole of the state.
Despite losing the semi-final bout, her success at the Games made every Indian proud, particularly, the residents of Borpothar in Golaghat district – the town she hails from. It was a scene the town has not witnessed in a long time. As Borgohain was handed the bronze on the podium in Tokyo, the residents of the town erupted with joy. It was like celebrating the spring festival of Bihu with everyone dancing to the joyful beats of the dhol and singing songs in the 23-year-old’s praise. Overnight she became an inspiration for every young woman wanting to put on the boxing gloves and take on the world in the ring.
For many years now, the village has been screaming for developmental works and Borgohain’s achievement came as a shot in the arm. Even before she got into the ring to take on Turkey’s world no2, Busenaz Surmeneli, the road to her house was repaired and so were the other infrastructures in the town. The residents celebrated the occasion as new dawn hoping that Borgohain’s achievement will usher in a new era of hope and development to their quaint town.
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