Assam boxer and World Championships bronze medallist Shiva Thapa was conferred Arjuna Award by President Pranab Mukherjee in a gala ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi on Monday.
The Guwahati boy, dubbed as a teenage boxing sensation, who at the age of 18 years became the youngest Indian pugilist to qualify and represented India at the 2012 London Olympics Games, after fetching a Gold medal at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in 2012.
He had won a silver medal at the Asian Olympic qualifying round in China this year to become the first Indian boxer to qualify for the Rio Games. However, the 22-year-old lost in the opening round of the ongoing Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Nevertheless, Shiva Thapa was picked for his fine performances in the past four years, which included two Asian Championships medals (a gold in 2013 and a bronze in 2015), besides the World Championships bronze.
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This year, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports presented 15 athletes with Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting honour. Another Gorkha lad Jitu Rai was also conferred Khel Ratna Award.
Indeed, a moment of pride for the entire Gorkha and Northeast community.