Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal presented cheques of Rs 20 lakh each to boxers Lovlina Borgohain and Jamuna Boro in Guwahati.
The felicitation programme was organised at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium, Sarusajai.
Lovlina and Jamuna won bronze medals in the AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships 2019 held recently in Russia’s Ulan-Ude.
They were presented the cheques under the State Sports policy.
Lovlina, who hails from Goalghat district, had to settle for bronze as she was defeated by China’s Yang Liu in the 69 kg category in a split decision of 2:3 to end her campaign at the championship.
On the other hand, Jamuna Boro, who hails from Dhekiajuli under Sonitpur district, also settled for bronze after her defeat in the semi-final match of the AIBA World Boxing Championship.
Chief minister Sonowal felicitated both the medal winners from the state.
CM @sarbanandsonwal felicitated boxers Lovlina Borgohain & Jamuna Boro at Sarusajai Stadium, Guwahati.
Both boxers have taken great strides through their performances, having won ?at the recently concluded Women’s World Boxing Championship in Russia. pic.twitter.com/prPjuCcnJE
— Chief Minister Assam (@CMOfficeAssam) October 22, 2019
Saying that the feat of both the women pugilists at international stage had brought laurels to the state and country, the CM urged them to vie for Olympic glory and strive for continued success at the world stage.
He also highlighted state government’s initiatives like development of 500 playgrounds in the state under Chief Minister’s Samagra Gramya Unnyan Yojna and Tea Garden Football Competition.
Sonowal also spoke about the state government’s initiative in setting up football and archery academies for ushering in a period of development in the sports sector.
He also urged the parents and teachers to join hands with the government to create a pool of successful sports persons from the state.
The CM stressed on the need to incorporate scientific training and improved infrastructure for rapid development of sports culture in the state and said that state government was taking all necessary steps in that regard.