New Delhi, Jun 11 (PTI) Lovlina Borgohain said on Saturday that the endless duties and other commitments outside the boxing ring affected her training and led to loss of concentration after her Olympic bronze medal performance.
The Tokyo Games medalist added that she didn’t feel “mentally strong” at the World Championships last month.
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Competing in her first international event since her podium in Tokyo last year, Lovlina’s world championship campaign in the 70kg class came to a premature end after a disappointing pre-quarter-final loss.
“The main thing was that at the World Championship I wasn’t that strong mentally. I wasn’t able to concentrate properly. I worked on that,” Lovlina told reporters after getting a spot for the Commonwealth Games in the 70 kg event.
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“My goal was to win gold in Tokyo, but I couldn’t. After that, in my head, I kept thinking, ‘I have to train and do well in the next competition’ . But that didn’t happen,” she added.
Since the Olympics, the 24-year-old has had to attend countless congratulations and receptions, but all that attention comes at a price.
“After Tokyo, people started expecting a lot. I also had to attend several receptions and you can’t say no because they will think ‘after winning a medal, she developed an ego’.
“There are times when you can’t do anything and you have to miss your training. It affects us. A player should have space to focus on the game.”
“I didn’t think any of this would affect my performance, but somehow it did.”
It’s not the first time an athlete has complained of being overwhelmed with commitments after winning a medal.
Last year, after winning a historic gold medal at the Tokyo Games, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra also said his training had taken a hit as he had to attend many receptions.
The two-time boxing world championship bronze medalist thinks people should be mindful of the athlete’s needs.
“I have to learn at every stage, the defeat in the World Championship taught me a lot and somewhere that was important too.
“My training in the World Championship was also not appropriate. I learned a lot from this defeat. It was part of my journey.”
With the introduction of new weight classes, Lovlina, who has achieved most of her competitive success in the 69 kg weight class, will have to change her class to 66 kg or 75 kg.
“I thought about 75kg but my weight is not increasing much so I will decide after CWG which weight class I should play in.
“After CWG is the Asian Championship, then I will decide what to do. Whatever weight I decide to compete at, I will continue in the Olympics.
“There is confusion because my weight is between 68 and 69. But now I find it difficult to go below 68 or above.”
Need to work on certain aspects in 50kg: Nikhat
Nikhat Zareen lived up to expectations at the CWG Selection Trials by booking her ticket to the Birmingham event with a convincing win, but the reigning world champion feels she needs to work on a few aspects going forward in her new weight category.
The Telangana boxer has had to constantly change weight classes in recent months for different events. At Strandja Memorial, where she won gold, Nikhat competed in 52 kg. Shortly after, she dropped to 51kg for the now-postponed Asian Games trials.
For the World Championships, she again moved up to 52kg and now she will compete at the CWG at 50kg after emerging victorious from Trials.
“It’s not my current weight class. I have to work on a lot of things to get the fitness level for that class, like strength, speed power. I’m going to take a few days to recover and then I’ll start working on it,” Nihat said.
“I know the game I showed here at tryouts isn’t even 50% of what I showed at the World Championships, but I still managed to beat all of my opponents by unanimous decision” , she added.
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