Villages of Indian Olympic medallists get roads, schools and sports stadiums

India's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games medallists (from left) Bajrang Punia, Lovlina Borgohain, Neeraj Chopra, Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Manpreet Singh at a felicitation ceremony in New Delhi, on Aug 9, 2021. PHOTO: AFP
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BANGALORE - On July 30, within hours of it becoming clear that Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain would bring home at least a bronze medal from the Tokyo Olympics, residents in her village of Baro Mukhia in the north-eastern Indian state Assam heard the sound of excavators and trucks.

The dirt track that led to the her village was paved overnight after more than 30 years of neglect.

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