Shiva Thapa was the first Indian boxer to qualify for the Rio Olympics in the men’s bantamweight (56kg) category. This will be Shiva’s second appearance at the Olympics. The World Championships bronze medalist became the youngest pugilist to compete at the Olympics at the London Games in 2012.
He started to peak where his elder brother Gobind Thapa, as an Assam state-level medal winning boxer, left.
Youngest among six siblings, Shiva was born to Padam Thapa, a Nepali origin karate instructor in Guawhati. His shift to boxing was accidental when his father realised that training him in karate will never take his son to the Olympics.
Shiva entered the Indian Boxing ring with a sensational debut – managed to get the London Olympics ticket in style by fetching a Gold medal at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in 2012, defeating a reigning world champion.
Before that, he won the Silver medal at the World Youth Championships and the Youth Olympic Games, Singapore. In year 2013 he becomes the youngest and 3rd Indian in Boxing history to win Gold in Amman, Jordan. He also became the first Indian to sign with a foreign franchise USA team in the World Series Boxing (WSB) United State of America (USA).
As India pin hopes on on Shiva for a stellar performance and a medal in Rio 2016, Sanjeev Srivastava traces the amazing journey of an young man who beat all odds to coming up from a lower middle class background in Guawahati, the capital of Assam in north-east India to reach the pinnacle of the sport.
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