Not being able to train with coaches the biggest challenge in the running of the bulls: Ankushita Boro
KOLKATA: A prolonged block can affect the mind of any athlete, but the teenage boxer Ankushita Boro she is more concerned about her downtime in practice and about not being able to get combat partners while continuing to work in her weight and game category with an eye to 2024 Paris Olympics .
The coronavirus pandemic has forced Indians to remain locked up in their homes with Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing a 21-day closure from March 25. All sporting events, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, have been postponed or canceled as the world faces the deadly virus.
The challenging part, rather than the mental part, is not getting our coaches to guide us. I was working on correcting my technique and also in my weight class that is not in the Olympic Games . We always had coaches available to correct us at camp and hostel. Now we don't get it, Ankushita, 19, told IANS in an interview.
The U-21 Assamese boxer, who shot to fame after bagging a gold at the Youth World Championships in 2017 where she was also awarded as the best boxer, participates in 64kg Light Welterweight category but is looking to work on her weight gradually to fall in Olympic Games boxing qualification events.
"I have tried to reduce my weight but I am not the same (boxer) if I do that. So I am working on increasing my weight. I am still a long way from achieving that but I am trying. My aim is to make it to the 2024 Olympic Games ," said Ankushita whose role model is M.C. Mary Kom.
It is difficult to stay home all the time, but I keep myself busy. I do physical training in the morning and at night, I try to work on my corrections in the technique as advised by my coach (Trideep Boro), he said. He said.
The soft spoken Ankushita, who grew up just 200km from Guwahati, also thanked the Garv Hai campaign by the Adani Group for helping her train better for the Olympic Games .
"The Garv Hai campaign by the Adani Group has motivated me to train better for the Olympic Games . They are doing their best to contribute towards our success and wellbeing. We keep having frequent fitness routines and health checkups that are organized by the Adani Group. I am grateful for this opportunity to be selected as on the athletes during this time of training," she said.
Assam has produced notable boxers in the recent past with characters like Lovlina Borgohain, Jamuna Boro, and Bhagyabati Kachari leading the charge.
The association is very supportive. Training is good here. The female boxers are working hard and the results are showing, Ankushita said when asked about the reason for her state's ability to produce world-class boxers.
About Mary Kom, a six-time world champion and Olympic bronze winner, Ankushita said she met boxer Manipuri at India camp in New Delhi last year and had a chance to talk a bit.
She has influenced me a lot. He is there, challenging his age and all other odds. We are all motivated to see her, she signed.