Shiva Thapa, 18 year old boy from Assam has qualified for London Olympic Games and has also become youngest Indian to qualify. He defeated Japan`s Satoshi Simizu 31-17 to enter the final and book himself a London berth.
He was down a point in the first round due to overt aggression but did not panic and played from medium range in the next two rounds to win and win big. Most of his points came through right straight punches..
1993-born Shiva, Assam teenager, playing only his second senior international event was down 6-7 in the opening round. But he turned the tables in the second round, taking a massive 15-6 lead.
The final three minutes followed a similar script as Shiva clinched it with ease. He won a gold in the maiden international tournament. He advanced to the semifinal by defeating beat Thailand’s Worapoj Petchkoom, 2004 Athens Olympics silver medalist in the 56kg weight category.
Shiva becomes the fourth Olympian from the state of Assam and the first boxer from the state to play in the Olympic.
Shiva Thapa was born as the youngest of six siblings born to Padam Thapa, a karate instructor in Guwahati. His father and elder brother Gobind Thapa, an Assam state-level medal winning boxer, were sources of inspiration for the young Thapa; Mike Tyson’s bouts also inspired him to take the sport seriously. Padam noticed his son’s flair for boxing and made sure that his youngest son got all that he needed. Shiva rose early in the mornings to balance his training and studies. His practice first started in the living room of their house at the age of seven. It was not easy for Padam to support for his son’s training, travel and special diet because of the large family. (From Wikipedia)
He trains at Pune-based Army Sports Institute
We wish him all success and North East India feels proud for its Olympian son!