Olympic Medalist Lovlina Alleges Mental Harassment Ahead Of Commonwealth Games

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By: Navneet Mundhra
Updated: 26 July, 2022 10:37 am IST

NEW DELHI: Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain on Monday created a stir by alleging that her training for Commonwealth Games has been thrown out of gear because of the shabby treatment meted out to her by the authorities.

Lovlina claimed one of her coaches was denied entry to the Commonwealth Games Village, while another one has been sent home. The 24-year-old athlete also revealed she had to implore profusely to be included in the training camp in the lead-up to the multi-national Games.

The ace boxer took to social media to express her grievances. “Today with great sorrow, I want to reveal that harassment is going on with me. The coaches who helped me win the Olympic medal were removed which hampered my training process. One of the coaches is Sandhya Gurungji, who is a Dronacharya awardee. Both of my coaches have to plead to be included in the training camp and they are added quite late,” she tweeted.

“I have to face a lot of issues in these training camps and this causes mental harassment as well. Right now my coach Sandhya Gurungji is outside Commonwealth Village and she is not getting an entry. My training process was stopped eight days ahead of the Games,” Lovlina added.

She continued: “My second coach has been sent back to India. In spite of requesting so much I had to face mental harassment. I don’t understand how I should focus on the Games as due to this my last World Championships was also spoiled. But I don’t want to spoil my CWG because of this politics. I hope I can break this politics for my country and bring a medal as well.”

Lovlina, who hails from Assam, had created history in Tokyo last year by bagging a bronze medal in the Welterweight category.

After her startling accusations, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports swung into action and posted a tweet stating that it has urged the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to immediately arrange for the accreditation of her coach.

The Boxing Federation Of India (BFI) also released a statement in the wake of her allegations. “The Boxing Federation of India ensured that Sandhya Gurung was at the training camp in Ireland. BFI is closely working with IOA so that Sandhya Gurung could be a part of the team in Birmingham. In the meanwhile, delegate transport and accommodation at ETO’s hotel has been already provided to her,” it said.

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