Fri, 24 Sep 2021

NEW DELHI, July 30 (Xinhua) -- India sprung into a celebratory mode on Friday as its female boxer Lovlina Borgohain assured an Olympics medal in Tokyo in the 69kg category.

Lovlina entered into the semifinals defeating her opponent Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei.

The country's sports minister Anurag Thakur tweeted, "Well done @LovlinaBorgohai, what amazing news for India to wake up to today! We've been glued to the TV screen watching you in action!"

Now, the Indian boxer will fight her next bout against top-seed Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey on August 4.

Lovlina hails from India's northeastern state of Assam.

"This is a BIG punch. You continue to make us proud #LovlinaBorgohain and keep India's flag high & shining at #TokyoOlympics2020. Well done," tweeted Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Lovlina's feat.

Meanwhile, Indian Parliament speaker Om Birla also congratulated Lovlina for ensuring at least a bronze medal for the country. He tweeted - "Congratulations to India's daughter Lovlina for entering the semifinals and assuring a medal in boxing. India is proud of you and wishes the best to you on this occasion."

So far India has won only one silver medal, in women's 49kg weightlifting, at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

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