Shiva Thapa is an Indian boxer from Guwahati, Assam. He is also the youngest Indian to enter the Olympics in 2012. Apart from being a boxer, he is also an employee of ONGC. Compared to cricket and other sports, boxing is not a very popular sport in India. As a result, making a place in the sport of boxing was quite difficult, but the champion, born in a small Assamese village, overcame all odds.
Shiva Thapa Bio
|Birth Date||8 December 1993|
|Birth Place||Assamese Village, Guwahati, Assam, India|
|Net worth||18 Crore|
Early life of Shiva Thapa
Shiva Thapa was born on 8 December 1993 in Guwahati city of Assam to father Padam Thapa and mother Goma. His father is a karate trainer and his mother is a homemaker.
Shiva is the youngest son among six siblings born in his family. Shiva’s elder brother Gobind Thapa was an Assam state level medalist boxer. Apart from his brother, he also has four sisters whose names are Kavita Thapa, Ganga Thapa, Sita Thapa, and Geeta Thapa.
His father had earlier enrolled him in karate classes in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, but when his father learned that karate was not an Olympic sport, he decided to convert him into a boxer.
Shiv Thapa started showing keen interest in boxing at the young age of 6 and started practicing boxing continuously in his living room. Shiva used to get up at 3 in the morning and practice his boxing to balance the time for his studies and boxing.
His father recognized his son’s skill and talent and ensured that he gets full boxing training but it was not easy for Shiva’s father as the household expenses were much more than his earnings.
Shiva’s father was a street food vendor in his early days and it was finding it very difficult for him to arrange fees for his son Shiva’s training, then Olympic Gold Quest, a non-profit organization decided to support the boxer and started his career. Decided to pay a monthly expenditure of ₹ 30,000 for accommodation, food and training.
Boxing Career of Shiva Thapa
- He first displayed his boxing abilities in the year 2005 at the Sub-Junior National Boxing Championship held in Noida.
- In the Sub-Junior National Boxing Championships, she was supposed to fight in the 36kg category, but a misinformed official said that since there was no such category, she would have to fight in the 38kg category.
- Hearing this, he immediately drank two liters of water and defeated the service champion and won his first national gold medal, leaving the officials stunned by his performance in the ring.
- In 2008, Shiva won a bronze medal in his boxing performance at the Children’s Asia International Sports Games held in Yakutsk, Russia. In the same year’s Hyder Aliyev Cup, he won the gold medal. Due to his best performance in 2008, he was selected to represent India in the 52 kg category at the 2009 Junior World Boxing Championships in Armenia.
- Siva was the only international medalist from a team of seven boxers that traveled to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. He won the bronze medal in this championship.
- Participated in the 2010 Asian Youth Boxing Championships in Tehran but failed to reach the semi-finals.
- In 2012, she participated in the Asian Olympic Qualifiers held in Astana, Kazakhstan and won the gold medal by defeating Syria’s Vesam Salamana 18–11 and qualified for the 2012 London Olympics in the 56 kg category.
- Thapa was the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics in 2012. However, he was knocked out of the London Olympics in the first round (56kg) in the bantamweight category after losing 9-14 to Oscar Valdez Fierro of Mexico.
- In 2013, Shiva became the youngest Indian to win gold at the Asian Confederation Boxing Championship in Amman, Jordan.
- In 2014, Shiva Thapa failed to clinch a medal at both the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, losing in the first round and quarter-finals respectively.
- In 2015, Shiv Thapa became the third Indian to win a bronze medal at the AIBA World Boxing Championships.
- In 2016, Shiv Thapa qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the men’s 56kg event, but was knocked out ahead of the first round.
- In the year 2017 Shiv Thapa faced Elanur Abduraimov at the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships in Tashkent but Elnur Abduraimov was out of the game due to injury and as a result Shiv Thapa got a chance to win a silver medal.
- In the year 2019, she won the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics test event by defeating Kazakhstan’s national champion and Asian bronze winner Santali Toltayev 5-0.
Shiva Thapa in Olympics
- 2012 London Olympics: Became the youngest Indian to enter the Olympics in 2012.
- 2016 Rio Olympics: Shiva Thapa fails to progress beyond preliminary round. He lost 0–3 to 2012 Olympic gold champion Cuban Robesi Ramárez. Despite his disappointing performance at the Olympics, Shiva has been successful in the Asian Championships, and many speculated him to at least fly to Tokyo.
- 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Shiva could not qualify for Tokyo Olympics. The only reason I haven’t competed in the Tokyo Olympics is because India already has many good boxers. Manish Kaushik, who won a bronze medal in the last World Championships, is one of them.
Records of Shiva Thapa
- Shiv Thapa was the first Indian boxer to make it to the Rio 2016 Olympics.
- Third Indian to win a medal at the AIBA World Boxing Championships, where he won a bronze medal in 2015.
- Youngest Indian to win gold medal at Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan in July 2013
- He is one of only four Indian boxers to have won a world championship, the other three being Vijender Singh, Vikas Krishan Yadav and Gaurav Bidhuri. They won bronze medals in 2009 (Milan), 2011 (Baku) and 2017 (Hamburg) respectively.
- First and only Indian boxer with three consecutive Asian Championships medals – a gold medal in 2013, a bronze medal in 2015 and a silver medal in 2017
- His brilliant boxing skills have earned him more than ten gold medals, one silver medal and three bronze medals in more than 16 national and international tournaments.
Shiva Thapa Achievements
- Won silver medal at 2017 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
- Won bronze medal in the 2015 World Amateur Championship held in Doha
- Awarded ICC Sports Excellence Award in the year 2013
- Won gold medal in 2013 Asian Confederation Boxing Championship held in Jordan
- Awarded Breakthrough Performance Award of the Year, 2011
- Silver medal in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore
- Arjuna Award for Boxing
- The Government of Assam awarded him an amount of $100,000 (US$1,400).
- The Indian Olympic Association gave him a financial reward of 400,000 rupees ($5,600) for a silver medal in the Youth Olympics, while the Sikkim government gave him a cash prize of 500,000 rupees.
Family of Shiva thapa
|Father’s Name||Padam Thapa|
|Mother’s Name||Goma Thapa|
|Sister’s Name||Kavita Thapa, Ganga Thapa, Sita Thapa, Geeta Thapa|
|Brother’s Name||Govind Thapa|
Relationship of Shiva thapa
Still, he is unmarried and focused on his career. He is no having any affair.
Shiva Thapa Controversies
In July 2013, he was dragged into a drug controversy, where he was accused of drug use and socializing inappropriately.
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