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My focus is on Olympics, not money: Shiva
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 GUWAHATI, April 15 – When asked, whether he is facing any financial hardship while preparing for the London Olympics in July, teen sensation city boy Shiva Thapa promptly replied, “At present my focus is on London Olympics, not in money”.

Interacting with the media here today, Shiva said he will definitely find some tough opponents from countries like Cuba, Kazakstan, Russia along with boxers from European nations in London. So he has to work hard during this period. Tomorrow he will be leaving for Patiala for a camp and before the Olympics he has to take part in another competition in Kazakistan. “Now my only aim is to concentrate on the weak points of the probable opponents and find out my weapons to hit them in targets”, said Shiva.

Explaining his match against Japanese opponent Satoshi Simizu in the semifinal in the recently concluded Asian Qualifying Championship, Shiva said, “I was trailing by a point in the opening bout, but during the break I assured my coaches that I will hit back and will win the bout. Accordingly I rendered all my effort and outsmarted the Japanese boxer in the next two rounds which earned me a berth in the Olympics. After winning the bout, I jumped up in joy as I could not control my emotions.

Thanking his first coach Amar Deka, Shiva said he learnt the basics from his first Guru and those were so solid that he still have been able to go for big hits. He also thanked his present coaches and said Indian coaches, led by Gurbax Singh Sandhu are of world class now and the boxers, including him, do not need to depend on foreign coaches. He hoped that by the grace and blessings of God and the people from Assam he will be able to strike a medal in London this summer which will be his best present to the nation and State as well.

He hoped that the remaining camp in London before the Olympics will definitely help all the seven Indian boxers who have qualified for the Greatest Show on the Earth.

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