Jamuna Boro has given us another reason to celebrate as she won a bronze medal on debut at Women’s World Boxing Championships.
But, what makes her win more inspirational is the fact that she didn’t let her circumstances crush her dreams.
Jamuna Boro grew up in extreme poverty but never allowed it to become a hurdle in fulfilling her dream of becoming an international boxer.
The Difficult Childhood That Fueled Jamuna’s Passion
Jamuna lost her father Parshu when she was just six years old. Jamuna’s single mother raised her daughters and sons on her own by selling vegetables.
Raised in extreme poverty, when Jamuna was selected by the SAI regional sub-center in Guwahati for boxing, she was convinced that it was the only way to wriggle out of poverty and provide her mother a better life.
While sharing her tough yet inspiring story with TOI, she mentioned:
“It was tough. I was never told about how my father died. Ever since I started remembering things, all I knew was my mother would leave the house at six in the morning and come back only by eight in the evening.
There were days when I didn’t get to talk to her for days as I went to sleep early. Despite that, she spent a certain portion of whatever she earned on my wushu training and later on boxing.
Sometimes, she would be left with no money.
Only after I was selected for the SAI regional sub-centre in Guwahati for boxing that things became comparatively better.
She still used to send me some pocket money from her small savings.”
Realizing the sacrifice that her mother made for her dream, Jamuna shared:
“My medals, prize money, everything is for my mother. I can’t see her struggle anymore.”
It is inspiring to see how all these hardships and difficult times couldn’t break Jamuna. Rather it made her a stronger person.
Though the whole country is celebrating Jamuna’s achievement, we believe it is a high time we, as a nation, recognize the courage of this single mom and celebrate her undying spirit of not letting her daughter give up on her circumstances. She left no stone unturned in making her daughter believe in her dreams.
We congratulate Jamuna for winning the bronze medal and wish her luck for her future endeavors.