Olympic bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain was on Wednesday enlisted as a trainee deputy superintendent (DySP) within the Assam Police with Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who joined the pipping ceremony, exuding confidence that she is going to get inducted into the Indian Police Service (IPS) cadre sooner or later.
An emotional Borgohain thanked the police division and affirmed that she is going to put in her finest efforts to convey extra glory to the state. Talking on the programme, Sarma mentioned Borgohain profitable bronze in boxing ultimately yr’s Tokyo Olympics was maybe some of the superb moments of the state’s sporting historical past.
Given the pugilist’s age, she ought to be capable of safe a high place inside Assam Police Service (APS) some day and subsequently make it to IPS cadre, Sarma maintained.
I’m elated at being given this chance to serve my individuals within the function of Deputy Superintendent of Police. I’m grateful to Hon’ble CM @himantabiswa sir.
However my foremost focus can be to work exhausting in sports activities and produce gold medal for our nation within the Paris Olympics 2024. pic.twitter.com/inh9cbG4V3
— Lovlina Borgohain (@LovlinaBorgohai) January 12, 2022
“We recommend the brightest APS officers for the IPS cadre. She will automatically qualify for it, provided she completes her graduation in the meantime,” Sarma acknowledged.
The chief minister exhorted the 24-year-old to set a shining instance of equal dedication to her different tasks as nicely. Apart from her month-to-month wage, Lovlina can be given further Rs 1 lakh per 30 days for her coaching bills, he mentioned.
If it will get tough for her to proceed coaching at Patiala in Punjab, the state authorities may consider bringing an international-level coach for her to Guwahati, he promised. “We will also soon name a road in Guwahati after Lovlina,” Sarma mentioned.
Referring to enlistment of different sportspersons within the Assam Police since final yr, consistent with the state’s new coverage, Sarma mentioned sports activities shouldn’t be seen as a co-curricular exercise anymore.
“Earlier, parents used to dissuade their children from pursuing sports after a certain age as there was no guarantee of a successful career even if someone excelled in a discipline. We want to change that. We want to prove that sports itself can be a career,” he asserted.
Apart from placing a thrust on recruitment of sportspersons within the Assam Police, the federal government can also be engaged on growing sports activities quota in different departments, Sarma identified. He mentioned that precedence was being given to development of sport complexes in several elements of the state, together with a Rs 25-crore stadium named after Lovlina in Sarupathar meeting constituency.
“Coaching, training and talent identification are essential. The government is focussing on early talent identification and giving them scholarships to take such sportspersons forward,” the CM mentioned.
Sarma, who launched a campaign towards the drug menace after assuming workplace in Could final yr, famous that sports activities can work as a substitute for have interaction youths and dissuade them from substance abuse. The CM mentioned each police station has been requested to type personal soccer and volleyball groups, which might then take part in district-level competitions.
He urged upon the district administrations to make sure well timed organisation of school-level sports activities competitions as soon as the pandemic scenario eases. Borgohain, in her transient speech on the event, mentioned, “This is a memorable day for me as I am joining the Assam Police.”
“I will give my best in the boxing ring and bring more glory to my state and people,” the Khel Ratna awardee added as her eyes welled up with tears.
The pugilist scripted historical past final yr by turning into the primary sportsperson from Assam to win an Olympic medal. She clinched the bronze within the welter-weight class in final yr’s Tokyo Video games.