Lockdown Diaries: Books, videos and yoga keep Lovlina busy

Tokyo-bound Lovlina Borgohain is waiting to join national camp as virtual training keeps the Assamese boxer on her toes.
By Rahul Venkat

Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain is one of India's rising boxing stars.

The 22-year-old, who has two bronze medals at the World Championships, won the national welterweight trials to travel to Amman, Jordan for the Asian boxing Olympic qualifiers in March.

Lovlina Borgohain enjoyed a brilliant outing there, qualifying for her maiden Olympic Games at Tokyo next year, and was subsequently ranked third in the world in the 69kg category.

The Olympic Channel caught up with the Indian boxer, who is back home in Assam, to learn how she has been dealing with the national lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When was the last time you were indoors for this long?

It is the first time for me to be at home for so many months at a stretch.

Earlier, I had to go away to camps and tournaments after barely a two-day break, so the lockdown has treated me well.

How do you spend your time at home?

I try to keep myself busy throughout the day. One thing I have done is analyse a lot of opponent’s videos to know more about them.

Other than that, I occasionally cook at home, do some yoga and read.

So, which book(s) did you enjoy reading?

I have been reading a lot of local Assamese literature, some of the short stories are amazing.

Any new skill that you have tried out?

No, not really.

Actually, my two elder sisters and their kids had come home to visit my parents before the lockdown. So, chit-chatting with them takes up a lot of my free time (chuckles).

Your preferred way to workout from home.

I don't really have a favourite workout per se, cannot really pinpoint one.

If I had to pick one, I’d say the daily stretching before my exercises is something I love. It really relaxes my body every day.

How useful have the video calls with the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) been?

I feel that has been a good initiative from them. It helped us connect with everyone, even though it was virtual.

The BFI has been helpful with tips for training and techniques, informing us about doping and the medications to avoid, so those aspects are good.

First thing you will do after lockdown ends?

Obviously, my first priority is preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, so I really want to get back to the national camp once this ends.

There is a sporting environment there and it will allow us to do proper training with specific instructions, which is what I need a year from the Games.