Since Shiva Thapa got eliminated in the first round of men’s 56 kg bantamweight category in Rio Olympics, he has been receiving a lot of flak. Of course, lot was expected from him because of the promise he has shown inside the ring so far. However, we should understand that Shiva Thapa is just 22 years old. He still has a very long career ahead of him.
The Prodigy Called Shiva Thapa
I had first met Shiva Thapa at Nazira, few years back. Both of us had participated in the Assam Amateur Boxing Championship. His weight category was different from me and so we didn’t face each other in the ring. He was someone who immediately caught attention with his agility. He was always very confident and aggressive. However, he is also a thinking boxer. He is someone who tries to outsmart his opponent rather than just knocking him out.
Since then, he has improved by leaps and bounds. However, he has done that by retaining his original style. Since then, he has come a long way. He became the youngest Indian to win a gold at the Asian Confederation Boxing Championship at Amman, Jordan. He now has also got a World Series of Boxing contract.
What Went Wrong for Shiva Thapa at Rio?
In Rio, Shiva Thapa’s opponent was really good. We can’t deny that fact. Cuban boxer Robeisy Ramirez had got the better of him earlier also. So, this could have played in Shiva’s mind. Secondly, he was going through a lot of mental pressure because of the jersey controversy. At a time when Shiva Thapa should have been focusing on his game, he was busy scribbling INDIA on his jersey, thanks to our dedicated team officials.
Ultimately, people should understand that this is just a game. Most cannot accept losing as part of the game. He needs to play more tournament every year. He needs more targets to look forward to. Even the best boxer in the world can’t guarantee victory in every match. Shiva is still learning. However, he has a very bright future ahead. I am sure he will bring many laurels for the country.
We should not give up on Shiva Thapa because he is here to stay. He is still ranked 3rd now in his weight category in the world. Isn’t that a matter of pride for us?
Source: Tapas Bora (A former amateur boxer from Assam)