Boxer Lovlina Borgohain alleges mental harassment ahead of Commonwealth Games

Lovlina Borgohain, a boxer, claims that she was subject to mental harassment before the Commonwealth Games

Guwahati: Tokyo Olympic bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain, boxer, claimed on Monday that she was mentally harassed in training for Commonwealth Games.

Lovelina will be representing India in the Commonwealth Games at Birmingham.

The pugilist in a tweet on Monday her preparations for the Commonwealth Games are being hampered because of the “continuous harassment” her coaches are facing from the authorities.

Borgohain claims that two of her coaches were denied entry at the Commonwealth Games while another was sent home.

Two of her Olympic coaches, she claims, were not allowed to participate in her CWG 2022 training.

Lovelina claimed that Sandhya Gurung (one of her coaches) was denied entry to the Commonwealth village in Birmingham. The other coach she had was sent to India, which has prevented her from focusing on her training.

Lovlina said that she had suffered similar treatment prior to the World Championships in Istanbul, and she is afraid that the same will be true at the Birmingham Games.

According to the Boxing Federation of India, (BFI), the Indian Olympic Association is handling the accreditation process and hopes that the issue can be resolved soon.

“The IOA and BFI are working to get Sandhya’s accreditation continuously. It is in IOA’s hand but it will come by today or tomorrow.

“We had given all names beforehand but there is a quota system. A 25 percent quota is calculated based upon the number of qualified athletes. So we had four officials, which includes coach, doctor etc,” BFI secretary Hemanta Kalita told a news agency.