Olympic Medalist Lovlina Borgohain’s Coach Included In Indian Contingent After Boxer Alleges Mental Harassment

New Delhi: Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) swung into action after star boxer Lovlina Borgohain posted a lengthy Twitter post, alleging mental harassment ahead of Commonwealth Games 2022 due to absence of her coaches and ‘dirty politics’. Taking note of the serious matter, the Department of MYAS tweeted via their official Twitter handle that it has asked the Indian Olympics Association (IOA) to “immediately arrange for accreditation of the coach of Lovlina Borgohain”. Also, names of coach Sandhya Gurung and her strength and conditioning coach have been included in the final CWG contingent list on the basis of a special recommendation made by Sports Authority of India to MYAS. 

Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain on Monday took to Twitter to reveal she had been going through mental harassment due to her coaches, who helped her win medals, being changed frequently. Lovlina said it has become difficult for her to focus on her training due to ‘the ongoing dirty politics’.

“It’s with extreme pain that I have to say that I am going through a lot of harassment. Time and again, my coach, who helped me win an Olympic medal, is removed which hampers my training process and leads to harassment. One of the coaches is also Sandhya Gurung Ji – who is a Dronacharya awardee. Both my coaches are included in the training camp only after we plead and fold hands a thousands times,” she wrote in a statement.

“As a result of this, I have to face many obstacles in my training and I undergo mental harassment. My coach Sandhya Gurung is currently outside the Commonwealth Games village as a result of which my training stopped eight days ahead of the event. My second coach has been sent back to India. This has happened despite my requests which has led to mental harassment for me. I don’t know how to focus at Commonwealth Games. My performance at last World Championships was also affected because of the same reason. I don’t want to spoil my peformance at CWG 2022 due to this politics. I hope I would be able to rise above this politics and win a medal for my country,” she added.