Star Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain is not losing sleep over her shock quarter-final exit and says Commonwealth Games success may not have helped her much in her quest for a second successive Olympic medal in 2024 as she plays a non-stop at the Birmingham CWG. Competing in the Olympic category. , Lovlina, who became the only second Indian woman boxer to win an Olympic medal in Tokyo last year, competed in the light middleweight (66kg-70kg) category, which is not on the roster of the 2024 Paris Games.
“So the Commonwealth Games was not so important to me because my main target is Paris and it was not an Olympic weight category. It doesn’t help me much in the bigger scheme of things,” Lovlina told PTI in an exclusive interview in Birmingham.
“Yes, no doubt the stature of the Commonwealth Games is big. But my goal is Paris and the main objective is to prepare myself.” In her first CWG appearance at the Gold Coast in 2018, Lovlina had met a similar fate, crashing out in the quarterfinals.
“Every loss or victory is an experience. And I am taking this loss in a positive way. I have to work on myself.
“The ultimate goal is Paris, no matter how many difficulties, I have to overcome them. There are many ups and downs in life but ‘Har nahi maan raha hai’ (it is not about giving up).” He made headlines for the wrong reasons in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games as he accused his personal coach Sandhya Gurung of “mental harassment” after being denied entry to the Games Village. Sandhya was added to the casual days before her bout.
“Yes, I was a bit distracted preparing for the games. But thankfully everything got sorted out before the competition. I got my coach.
“But I guess it didn’t affect me. There was a lot of hype but I was off social media. I had no idea what was happening around me. Even now, I keep it shut to keep myself away from it . This.” She further lamented the lack of exposure trips that had happened many times before Tokyo.
“Before Tokyo there were a lot of exposure trips. But after Tokyo there was no such exposure meet and directly participated in the world championships.” Lovlina, who won an Olympic bronze in the 69kg category, will now either have to move to the higher 75kg category or go up to 66kg.
“I will go up to 75kg mostly, but you never know when I might even go up to 66kg. We will decide before the upcoming Asian Championships, I will switch to my new weight from there.” After defeating New Zealand’s Ariane Nicholson 5–0 in a unanimous decision, Lovlina Rossi lost to Ackles by split decision 3–2.
It was as close as it got but the judges gave Lovlina two rounds of split verdict. Lovlina also got a point cut in the second round for Holding and Ackles won a wide in the final round, sealing it 3–2.
Lovlina admitted, “She was a bit aggressive. Being from the host country, she obviously got a slight edge, the warnings cost me. There was a bit of tension as well.”
“I’m sorry I didn’t achieve the way I wanted to. But I’m taking it positively. You always have ups and downs. From here the comeback is more important.”
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