Jamuna Bodo might not be a name you are familiar with but this 19-year-old’s story of dedication and determination will surely inspire you to tackle your obstacles!
Born in Belsiri village in Assam, Jamuna lost her father at a tender age of 10. Her mother Kruple Bodo, was left all alone to support her three children. She took to selling vegetables outside the Belsiri Railway station to run her family.
Jamuna, the youngest of the three siblings, got interested in Wushu, a form of martial art when she saw boys from her village practising it. In a matter of few days, she mastered the art and won the gold medal in a district level Wushu match. There were no training facilities in her village fearing a talent would go to waste, her first Wushu coaches gave her the opportunity to train with the Sports Authority of India in 2009. It was only after that that she picked up boxing.
Only a year later she won a gold medal in the 52 kg category in the first sub-junior women’s national boxing championship. In the second sub-junior boxing championship she emerged as the winner again. She went to make her mark in the world of boxing by winning a gold medal in 2013 Second Nations Cup International Sub-Junior Girls Boxing Tournament in Serbia. She has also represented the country in Youth World Boxing Championship in Taipei where she won a bronze.
Jamuna is now training for the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo. She wishes to make the country proud by winning a gold. An international boxer now, her house still remains a makeshift one near the Belsiri station. Jamuna’s mother continues to sell vegetables as a source of income.
Things have changed for her on the professional front but back home there’s little to no sign of development. Jamuna rose to where she is only through her will power but she credits the success to her mother, who she sees as her idol. The teenager is also inspired by Mary Kom’s powerful persona and wishes to be like her one day.