Commonwealth Games 2022: Boxer Lovlina Borgohain alleges mental harassment ahead of games

Xtra Time Web Desk: In the first ever controversy to break in Indian camp in Birmingham, Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain has alleged mental harassment ahead of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.

Sharing her frustration and anger on a Twitter post, Lovlina alleged, “It is with a lot of sadness that I say that I have been experiencing a lot of harassment,”

“Every time my coaches who helped me win a medal at the Olympics have been removed from my training process and competition. One of these coaches, Sandhya Gurung ji, is also a Dronacharya awardee. Despite thousands of requests, they are always allowed late for my training. This hampers my training and puts me through a lot of hardships and mental harassment.

“Now, my coach Sandhya Gurung ji is out of the Commonwealth Village as she is not allowed entry and my training has been brought to a halt eight days before the Games. My other coach has been sent back to India, despite me requesting multiple times. I don’t understand how I am supposed to focus on my game. This situation ruined my performance during the last world championships also. I don’t want this politics to ruin my Commonwealth Games too. I hope I can break through this politics and win a medal for my country. Jai Hind.”

Here is the Twitter post of Lovlina Borgohain:

Lovlina won bronze in Tokyo Olympics in the women’s welterweight category.  She lost to top seed Busenaz Surmeneli in the semi-final. She became the third Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal, after Vijender Singh (men’s middleweight bronze, Beijing 2008) and MC Mary Kom (women’s flyweight bronze, London 2012).