Golden hopes for Jamuna Boro
Assam pugilist Jamuna Boro is eyeing the Commonwealth Youth Games in August for a "definite" gold after her confidence got a major boost with a bronze medal in the AIBA Youth and Junior World Championship.
- Published 3.06.15
Guwahati, June 2: Assam pugilist Jamuna Boro is eyeing the Commonwealth Youth Games in August for a "definite" gold after her confidence got a major boost with a bronze medal in the AIBA Youth and Junior World Championship.
The talented teenager from Belsri village in Dhekiajuli area of Sonitpur district won the bronze in the youth below-57 kg event in Taipei from May 13 to 24.
"I beat German, Thai and Chinese opponents en route to the semi-finals at Taipei. I, however, could not maintain my tempo in the round of four when my injured shoulder acted up and I could not tally some vital scores in the last round against the Ukrainian opponent. This bronze medal has given me a lot of confidence and I will definitely win a gold in the Commonwealth Youth Games in August. I'll participate in the below-60 kg event there," Boro said in a felicitation ceremony organised by the Assam Amateur Boxing Association here today.
The Commonwealth meet will be held at Samoa near New Zealand.
On her shoulder injury, Boro said: "I am being given a two-month break from the national camp for treatment. I will recover soon and join the camp. The Sports Authority of India authorities in Guwahati are helping me a lot."
Three Assam women boxers represented India in the Taipei meet, the others being Lovelina Borgohain and Ani Lama.
Assam directorate of sports coach Geeta Chanu, who is a AIBA star category coach and has produced at least 10 internationals from Assam in the last few years, accompanied the Indian team.
The SAI here and the AABA have pinned hopes on Boro.
"She joined the SAI in 2009 when we picked her up in view of her raw talent. She picked up the game fast and started representing India within three years. She has already won several national and international medals. I am confident she has Olympic potential," SAI director in-charge Subhash Basumatary said.
Her coach Chanu also hoped Boro would make the cut to the Olympics in 2020, if not in 2016. AABA president Kali Kanta Boro said the association was convinced by the fact that Assam has the potential to produce women boxers for the Olympics.
"We have Olympian Shiva Thapa in men's boxing and we are now determined to produce a women Olympian," Boro said referring to Failao Basumatary, Meenu Basumatary, Jamuna and a few others.