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Shiva Thapa, a hero in the making

By Abdul Gani
Guwahati, May 28, 2010: One of the most dynamic up-coming boxers of India, Shiva Thapa was felicitated by Assam Boxing Association recently at the office of the Assam Olympic Association in Guwahati.  

He is the latest sporting sensation of the Northeast. By collecting international glory inside the boxing ring he has continued the legacy of the rich sporting culture of the region which was initiated by Mary Kom and others.  

The 18-year old pugilist from Assam added another feather in his small but beautifully decorated cap by claiming a berth in the World Boxing Ranking. He is placed at the 22nd position at the latest ranking declared by AIBA.  

The Guwahati-boy who is now based in Pune made a memorable entry into the World Boxing scenario in 2008 at the Hyder Aliyeve Cup at Azarbaizan in Russia when he won the gold. He grabbed the attention of the sport-loving people as they started calling him Shiva Ali. And since then ‘Shiva Ali’ is moving ahead.  

Shiva admitted that as a child he played soccer and was good with the ball. He also tried his hand in taekwondo but it’s boxing for which he was born. At the age of seven he donned the boxing gloves and idolized Mike Tyson.  

Earlier this month in Baku, Azarbian, he clinched silver medal in World Youth Boxing Championship and is eager to do well in coming tournaments. After being feted by the Assam Boxing Association, he said it’s a great feeling to be included in the world ranking. He also added it has increased his responsibility as from now onwards his performances would be scrutinized minutely.  

At the moment he eyes to do well in the forthcoming World Youth Olympics to be held in Singapore in September this year.