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Shiva Thapa: The story of youngest Indian Boxer to qualify for Olympics

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As compared to cricket & other sports, Boxing is not a very popular sport in India. As a result, making the cut in the boxing game was quite difficult, but a motivated young man from a small Assamese village defied all the odds and is now a significant character in Indian boxing, he is none other than, Shiva Thapa.

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Shiva Thapa is an Indian boxer from Guwahati, Assam. He is also the youngest Indian to enter the Olympics in 2012. He is trained at the Army Sports Institute in Pune and is backed by Olympic Gold Quest and Angelina Media Hunt, a business that finds and develops a fresh talent for major contests.

Shiva Thapa is the third Indian to win gold in the Asian Games and is presently ranked third in the AIBA World Boxing Championships. He is presently employed with Midland Credit Management as an Account Manager.

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About Shiva Thapa


Shiva Thapa Journey

Choosing to pursue boxing as a profession is a difficult decision since getting injured and feeling pain in this sport is a severe concern. Boxing is a deadly sport, and even a little hit can lead to a boxer’s death. But Shiva ignored all the aftermaths of the sport to fulfill his dream. Shiva’s determination & hard work helped him rose to success very soon. He became the youngest Indian boxer to compete in the Summer Olympics. Shiva debuted in Olympics at the 2012 London Olympics when he was just 18 years old (56 kg Bantamweight division). However, he was defeated 9–14 by Mexico’s Oscar Valdez Fierro in the first round.

Shiva Thapa Olympics

2012 London Olympics: Became the youngest Indian to enter the Olympics in 2012. 

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2016 Rio Olympics: Shiva Thapa did not get past the preliminary round. He lost 0–3 versus Cuban Robeisy Ramrez, the 2012 Olympic gold champion. Despite his disappointing performance in the Olympics, Shiva has been outstanding at the Asian Championships, and many anticipated him to at least fly to Tokyo.

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Shiva couldn’t qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. The only reason for not competing in the Tokyo Olympics is because India has numerous good lightweight fighters. Manish Kaushik, who won bronze in the previous World Championships, is one of them.

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Shiva Thapa Family

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Shiva Thapa was born to Padam Thapa, a karate instructor in Guwahati, and a Nepali mother Goma Thapa. He is the youngest of Padam Thapa’s six children; his older brother, Govind Thapa, is a state-level boxer. Shiva, according to tradition, used to get up at 3:00 a.m. to practice and balance his academics and athletics.

Shiva’s father was a street food seller, thus paying for his training was difficult. When things seemed hopeless, Olympic gold quest, a non-profit organization, agreed to help the boxer and set aside $30,000 each month for Shiva.

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Early Life

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At the age of seven, Shiva Thapa had a strong interest in boxing and began practicing in his living room. His father saw his son’s talent and class, and he made certain that he received comprehensive instruction. Shiva’s father was having a difficult time since his expenses were far outnumbering his income. When the boxer was chosen as part of Olympic Gold Quest’s 2016 vision plan to develop raw potential, the financial storm subsided.

Shiva Thapa Boxing Journey

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Shiva Thapa was the first Indian boxer to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and the only third Indian to win a medal (bronze) in the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships. In July 2013, he became the youngest person to win a gold medal at the Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan.

Based on his track record, Shiva Thapa is poised to reach new heights, and supporters should not be surprised if he wins a gold or silver medal in the 2020 Olympics.

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Shiva Thapa Achievements

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  • 2019 – Won a gold medal in a Tokyo Olympic test event by defeating Kazakhstan’s Sanatali Toltayev. In the same year, he earned a bronze medal in the Bangkok Asian Amateur Boxing Championship in the Lightweight division.
  • 2017 – At the Tashkent Asian Championships, he won a silver medal in the Bantamweight division.
  • Shiva earned a bronze medal in the Bantamweight division at the World Amateur Championships in 2015. In the same year, he won another bronze medal in the Bangkok Asian Amateur Boxing Championship in the Bantamweight division.
  • 2013 – He became the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the Asian Confederation Boxing Championship. In the same year, he received the “ICC Sports Excellence Award” for his outstanding boxing performance.
  • Thapa earned a silver medal in the Bantamweight division at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010.
  • 2009 – He competed in the Junior World Boxing Championships in Armenia, where he was the only boxer to win an international medal.
  • He won gold at the ‘Haider Aliyev Cup’ and bronze at the ‘Children Asia International Sports Games’ in 2008.

Awards & appreciations

  • Arjuna Award for boxing
  • Assam’s government honored him with a sum of $100,000 (US$1,400).
  • The Indian Olympic Association gave him a financial reward of 400,000 rupees ($5,600) for his silver medal at the Youth Olympics, while the government of Sikkim gave him a cash award of 500,000 rupees.

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Shiva Thapa was drawn into a drug issue in July 2013, when he was accused of using drugs and associating with the wrong crowd.

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