Assam boxer Lovlina Borgohain has qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, becoming the third Indian and the first woman boxer from the state to grab the Olympic ticket.
Lovlina secured the Olympic berth by defeating Uzbekistan’s Maftunakhon Melieva in the 69 kg category of quarter final bout in the Asia-Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers at Amman in Jordan on Sunday.
It may be mentioned that five Indian boxers secured Tokyo Olympic berths on Sunday by advancing to the semifinals of the Asian Qualifiers with contrasting quarterfinal victories.
Union sports & youth affairs minister Kiren Rijiju has congratulated Lovlina on his Twitter handle.
One more thrilling news for India on the #InternationalWomensDay ! Top women boxer @LovlinaBorgohai has qualified for the #Tokyo2020 #Olympics2020 in the 69kg category?? Congratulations Lovlina! pic.twitter.com/63cqCFO9IV
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) March 8, 2020
Meanwhile, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also took to Twitter to congratulate the pugilist.
Way to go & shine ? ??
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) March 9, 2020