With the trainer now at Games Village, Lovlina prepares for the opening fight
Birmingham, July 29: After sparking a storm over allegations of ‘mental harassment’ over her personal trainer Sandhya Gurung not getting the correct accreditation to be with her during training, the Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain will step into the ring at the National Exhibition Center here on Saturday, hoping to focus on competitive mode again after the disruption.
Lovlina’s social media post had stirred up a hornet’s nest and forced the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to revoke the team doctor’s accreditation and give Sandhya Gurung the opportunity to be with her service. and help him prepare for his first fight.
Now is the time for the 25-year-old pugilist from Assam to perform in the ring. Lovlina will kick off her campaign with a round of 16 bout against New Zealand’s Ariane Nicholson in the women’s over 66kg-70kg (light middleweight) division on Saturday.
Lovlina will be the favorite to win the fight as her opponent makes her Commonwealth Games debut.
If she passes Ariane Nicholson, Lovlina will meet the dangerous Rosie Eccles of Wales, silver medalist at Gold Coast in 2018, in the quarter-finals. Eccles is quite experienced and won a silver medal at the 2016 European Championships and a bronze medal at the 2019 edition.
Passing her will secure Lovlina a place in the semi-finals and secure her at least a bronze medal. Considering her talent and performance over the years, Lovlina should consider anything less than a gold medal in this competition a bad result.
Now that the “politics” and “mental harassment” due to her coach’s absence are over, Lovlina can approach her fights with a clear mind and focus solely on her performance.