Assam boxer Lovlina Borgohain

Guwahati: Merely hours before catching the fight to an elite training camp in Italy, Assam’s two-times world championship bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

Lovlina was scheduled to fly along with 15 elite boxers from India for a 52 days training cum competition in Europe. The tour sanctioned by Sports Authority of India (SAI). She contracted the virus after returning from her hometown in Assam where she went to visit her ailing mother.

A statement issued by the SAI said, “Double world champion bronze medalist boxer and Olympic quota winner Lovlina Borgohain has tested positive for coronavirus.”

“She had travelled to her hometown in Assam on a 11-day leave to meet her ailing mother prior to the Indian team’s departure to Italy for a 52 day training camp. She was tested upon her arrival back from Assam on October 11, as per protocol and tested negative in the initial test,” added the statement.

“However upon being tested on October 15 again, four days after her return from Assam, before her departure for the European trip in Delhi, she tested positive,” the statement further said.

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