In a winter three years back, curfew was clamped in Thelamara after NDFB (S) militants gunned down more than 60 tribals in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur districts. The sub division which falls near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border was engulfed by darkness for days. However, days of darkness is over for Thelamara as the area has been illuminated by local girl Ankushita Boro, who made the country proud by winning gold (64 kgs) at the AIBA_Boxing Women Youth Boxing Championship 2017.
Journey of Ankushita Boro
The journey of Ankushita Boro was not at all easy as she had to fight financial hardships to achieve her goal. She was born in village Meghaijaroni, which lies 3 km north of NH-52 in Thelamara. Born to Rakesh Boro and Ranjita Boro, Ankushita got interested in boxing looking at a distant cousin who used to teach boxing by moving from village to village. As she showed her knack for the sport, her parents paid heed to advice from some well-wishers and admitted her in Sports Authority of India (SAI), Golaghat, despite financial constraint.
Her father who was a teacher at a Venture School often didn’t get his salary on time. He had to manage by farming in a little plot of land and selling off the produce at the market. In fact, due to lack of money, Rakesh Boro and his wife couldn’t go to Golaghat and meet their daughter for a long time.
After coming out of SAI, Ankushita trained under coach Tridip Bora for three years. She was then selected for training under the Assam Boxing Academy. She won the title of best boxer in 2013 and in 2015, she earned gold medal in state competition. In the same year, she won bronze in the National Youth Boxing Competition in Delhi. She also won the silver medal at Balkan Championship in Bulgaria and another tournament in Turkey.
This year, Boro almost missed out on participating in the tournament after contracting chicken pox just a fortnight before the tournament. However, with her mother by her side, Boro recovered just before the tournament and thrilled the audience in Guwahati by knocking down all her opponents. Ankushita, who is currently studying in Higher Secondary Second Year at South Guwahati is also proficient in dance.
Ankushita’s victory has been hailed all across the State. Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal called her ‘The Next Mary Kom.’ Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) Chief Hagrama Mohilary has announced a prize money of Rs 5 lakh for her while BPF legislator Chandan Brahma has dedicated his two month’s salary for the young pugilist. Meanwhile, Boxing Federation of India (BFI) Chief Ajay Singh also announced Rs 2 lakh for Ankushita.
This is certainly a big high for the people of Thelamara who are celebrating Ankushita’s triumph by bursting crackers and distributing sweets. In fact, after Ankushita reached the final, a song ‘Aah Oi Aah Ankushita r Khel Saboloi Xonkale Aah’ composed by Thelamara’s upcoming artists Prabin Deka and Tulumoni Kakati went viral on social media.
Enjoying the much deserved attention, soft spoken Ankushita said, ‘I’m so happy to win the gold. I’m overwhelmed by the love of the people over the last several days who have been coming to the stadium to support me.’
By winning gold her, she automatically qualifies for the next Olympic. Around two and half years from now, she would be looking to surpass the achievements of Sakshi Malik (who had inspired her) at Tokyo and thus making Thelamara etched in history forever.