OGQ to support 16 year old boxer Shiva Thapa
OGQ announced that it will be supporting young 16 year old boxer Shiva Thapa as part of its Vision 2016 program. Shiva, recently a silver medal winner at the World Youth Boxing Championship, took up the sport of Boxing at the tender age of 7 and was initially coached by his father, Mr. Padam Thapa. His splendid boxing skills have fetched him ten gold medals, one silver and three bronze medals from 16 national and international tournaments that he has participated in, an outstanding record indeed.
COO of OGQ Viren Rasquinha sounded very optimistic, “Shiva is an enormous talent. He must be groomed well because he has the talent, the right attitude and the hunger to succeed. OGQ has very high hopes from Shiva and I am confident that he will become one of India’s top boxing stars in the near future.”
But there is much more to add to the case of the teenage boxing star from Assam. From his haul of 14 medals, four had been achieved in foreign soils while representing India. Shiva currently fights in the 54 Kgs weight category.
Shiva won a gold medal in the 50 kg category representing India at Hyder Aliyev International Boxing Championship held in Azerbaijan, Baku (May 2008). He also won two bronze medals at The IV International Sports Games “Children of Asia” held in Yakutia in 50 kg category (July 2008) and AIBA World Junior Boxing Championship held in Yerevan, Armenia in 52 kg category (May 2009).
But, his biggest win came earlier this year when he won the silver at the World Youth Boxing Championship at Baku and in the process qualified for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games which are currently underway in Singapore.
Shiva Thapa believes he was born to be a boxer and with a world ranking of 22 at such a young age, we have every reason to believe that he is right.