Boxer Shiva Thapa aims for a golden homecoming at India Open 2019 by picking up the 60kg gold as the second edition of the India Open kicks off at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati, Assam from May 20.
“Yes, there are a lot of expectations from me for the gold,” said Thapa. “I recently got a bronze medal from the Asian Championships and that tells me that the gold is not far off. I am hungry to change the colour of the medal which is what I think every boxer would want to. And it will be all the more sweet if it comes at home in front of my own people,” added Thapa.
The Guwahati boxer, who created history in Bangkok when he became the first Indian to win a medal in four consecutive editions of the continental event, is now leaving no stone unturned, especially with the World Championships, which is an Olympic qualifier, coming up.