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Lovlina Borgohain might be in Tokyo, but thousands of miles away, her alma mater is ensuring they do everything they can, including asking for divine intervention, to ensure she wins her semi-final bout.

Teachers and students of the Barpathar Girls’ High School in Golaghat district lit 120 earthen lamps during a special ceremony and prayed for her victory.

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Hemanta Boro, a teacher at the Barpathar Girls’ High School, said, “We are hopeful that Lovlina will succeed in the semi-finals tomorrow at 11 am as well as the finals on August 7. For Lovlina’s win tomorrow, we have offered our prayers by lighting 120 earthen lamps.”

“Lovlina will surely win a medal in Tokyo Olympics. We hope that she wins a gold medal to bring glory to Assam and India. But unfortunately, her alma mater does not have any provision for sports. We request the government to take measures in this regard,” he added.

Boro recalls how a visit by Sports Authority of India’s coach Padam Boro to the Sarupathar Girls School in 2012 to select trainees for the SAI centre in Guwahati changed everything for Lovlina Borgohain.

Lovlina will fight Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli in the semifinals on WednesdayEarlier on July 30, she assured India of a medal in the Tokyo Olympics after defeating China’s Nien-Chin Chen in the quarterfinal bout.

Meanwhile, the proceedings in the Assam Assembly would be adjourned for thirty minutes on Wednesday from 11 am as a sign of support to Lovilina during her semi-final bout. 

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