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Pwilao Basumatary

Boxer Awarded for Excellence in Sports

About the Awardee: Pwilao Basumatary

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About the Awardee: Pwilao Basumatary

About the Awardee: Pwilao Basumatary

Updated: Feb 12, 2016

Now a leading boxer of the national team, Pwilao Basumatary grew up in a small village in Chirang, Assam, and her childhood was a battle with hunger and poverty.

Though from a family of farmers, Pwilao’s childhood was spent struggling for every meal. But once she managed to get a place in the Sports Authority of India’s Special Area Games Centre in Kokrajhar, she never looked back.

Her maiden international outing was the 2011 World Boxing Championship in Turkey where she won a bronze.

Just as she was coming into her own, the 2012 ethnic violence broke out in Assam and lakhs of people became homeless. Her family was among them. The violence and its aftermath deeply pained her. Her success is hailed as new hope for Bodoland.

Pwilao Basumatary’s Achievements:

January 2016: Won a gold at the 5th AIBA Nations Cup in Ruma, Serbia.

2015: Won a bronze at Asian Confederation Women Boxing Championships in Wulanchabu in China. Basumatary is one of the six boxers from the country to win a medal at the tournament in China.

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