Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lauded Lovlina Borgohain for her ‘tenacity’ and ‘determination’ after the India boxer lost in the women’s welterweight semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics to settle for bronze on Wednesday.
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Up against the reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli in the semifinal, Lovlina gave her best shot but ultimately the Turkish overpowered her and eventually won 5-0 despite the Indian starting well on an aggressive note.
Soon after the bout ended, PM Modi posted on Twitter congratulating Lovlina for winning bronze while wishing her well for future. “Well fought @LovlinaBorgohai! Her success in the boxing ring inspires several Indians. Her tenacity and determination are admirable. Congratulations to her on winning the Bronze. Best wishes for her future endeavours," he wrote.
Well fought @LovlinaBorgohai! Her success in the boxing ring inspires several Indians. Her tenacity and determination are admirable. Congratulations to her on winning the Bronze. Best wishes for her future endeavours. #Tokyo2020— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 4, 2021
PM Modi spoke to Lovlina later, telling her the win is a testimony to the talent and tenacity of our Nari Shakti (women power). He also said that her success is a matter of immense pride for every Indian, and especially for Assam and the Northeast.
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur also praised the 23-year-old for her impressive debut at Tokyo Olympics, saying her journey has just started.
“Lovlina, you gave your best punch ! India is extremely proud of what you have achieved ! You’ve achieved a bronze medal in your first Olympics; the journey has just begun! Well done @LovlinaBorgohai!" Thakur wrote.
Lovlina, you gave your best punch !India is extremely proud of what you have achieved !
You’ve achieved a medal in your first Olympics; the journey has just begun!
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 4, 2021
Hearty congratulations to Lovlina Borgohain for bagging a bronze medal in the Women’s Welterweight Boxing competition at the #TokyoOlympics2020. She has made the entire nation proud. My best wishes for her future endeavours. @LovlinaBorgohai pic.twitter.com/Y8F9Gp0QMb— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) August 4, 2021
Congratulating Lovlina Borgohain for bringing home Third Olympic Medal. Lovlina’s stellar performance in women’s #Boxin welterweight category has won #Bronze. #cheer4India #IND #Tokyo2020 #OlympicGames— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) August 4, 2021
There is no doubt that the Turkish World Champion Busenaz was a superior boxer. There is also no doubt that @LovlinaBorgohai gave it her all. Congrats on your bronze medal Lovlina. You have so much to be proud of. #Olympics #boxing #IND— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 4, 2021
Last month, Lovlina became just the third India boxer in history to win an Olympic medal. She follows into the footsteps of Vijender Singh (Beijing 2008) and MC Mary Kom (London 2012) to have won an Olympic boxing bronze.