AAGSU Press Release
Guwahati April 12, 2012: Promising young Indian pugilist Shiva Thapa from Assam on Thursday clinched a ‘GOLD MEDAL’ at Asian Men Boxing Qualifying tournament at Astana, Khakasthan. The promising Indian boxer Shiva Thapa, athelete from Assam became the youngest Indian to qualify for the 2012 Olympics by entering the final of the 56 kg category at the Asian Olympic qualifying event held at Astana in Kazakhstan by beating Japan’s Satoshi Simizu, 2009 Asian Championship bronze medalist, 31:17 in the semi-finals yesterday.
Thapa had defeated Athens Olympic silver medalist and 2010 Asian Games winner Worapoj Petchkoon of Thailand in the quarterfinals. Besides several organizations and individuals of Assam and the Northeast, the All Assam Gorkha Students Union (AAGSU) the apex organization of Gorkha youths and students hailed Shiva Thapa’s feat and AAGSU’s publicity secretary Nanda Kirati Dewan along with Guwahati Gorkha students met Shiva Thapa’s family and congratulated and shared sweets and flower bouquet at their Birubari residence.
Shiva proved himself to be an asset of the nation with his feats since he was a kid boxer. His outstanding performances in the world junior boxing championship, youth Olympics and several other national and international games are testimony of this boxer to be a asset of the nation. After he stepped in senior section, representing the state and won the historic gold medal recently, the people of Assam is proud of him and has lots of expectation. Yesterday was a red letterday for the young sports fraternity of the nation who idolizes Shiva Thapa as he qualified for London Olympics 2012. Shiva Thapa is one of the medal hope of the nation at the London Olympics 2012.’, AAGSU publicity secretary Nanda Kirati Dewan in an statement said here in Guwahati.
Shiva Thapa is acquainted with all talents to make it big at the Olympics but as said earlier on several occasions by his father (manager-cum-coach) Padam Thapa, that financial constraint could be only obstacle for the exuberance boxer. Lambasting at state sports ministry the youth leader further pointed, Jayanta Talukdar represents Jharkand in Archery; state government awarded him handsome cash for his achievements. Mahadev Deka Mr. Universe was given both cash and kind on his arrival. No doubt they are our state’s pride, Govt. must felicitate them.
Abinav Bindra, gold medalist at Olympics was awarded with 5 lac cash by the state government; it is a welcome move and encouraging for sports fraternity but I don’t understand why the governments have not yet bestowed cash and kind to the young promising talented boxer. It would be welcome act if the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi would congratulate the youngest Olympic qualifying boxer Shiva Thapa by announcing cash award as a token of appreciation.