Manipuri weightlifters and the latest ‘Golden Girls’ of India Mirabai Chanu and Sanjita Chanu made the nation proud at 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Australia. It was historic and left the country in the euphoria of pride. Though this was short lived as Sanjita Chanu, who was all set to compete and get a medal for India at Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, was caught up in a doping case. The federation took a stern stand by not allowing her to compete. But this is something which will not stop the Indian lifter from getting home laurels for the country. Mirabai Chanu will be leading a 5 member team to Jakarta.
Manipuri Weightlifters making India proud!!
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, who bagged the first gold medal for India at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) and Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu, the other Manipuri weightlifter who also won a gold, announced on that they are aiming for gold medals at the forthcoming Asian Games also.
Both the girls added that they will work for other gold medals in the 2020 Olympic Games.
“We would have loved to spend several days with our parents, friends and well-wishers. But our coaches told us to come back soon. We are leaving Imphal on Sunday,” Mirabai said at the Imphal international airport soon after arrival from New Delhi.
A large crowd had gathered at the airport since morning to accord a rousing welcome to these girl weightlifters, who had done India proud. This is the first visit to their home state after winning gold medals at the Gold Coast CWG.
Clouds of Doping looming
Though this was short lived as last month Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu, as she was handed a 4 year suspension by the International Wrestling Federation (IWF) . She was found positive for a banned anabolic agent by the federation.
After the allegations were made, claimed that she was innocent and said she will challenge her ban along with the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF). She had even filed a plea with the prime minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, to seek justice. There has been a lot of support to her from the Manipur cheif minister, Mr N Biren Singh, in the matter. But alas! she cannot compete for India in these Asian Games.
Manipuri weightlifter all set to lead a team of 5 : Optimistic for Asian Games
In an interview Mirabai said that, if the sportspersons work sincerely they could win laurels at home and abroad. And she has proved it. She is the poster girl of Indian Weightlifting right now. She is all set to leave for Jakarta, with a team of 4 other weight lifter to win the coveted gold medals.
The team comprises of 2 women lifters and 3 male lifters. The other women who is being sent for the Asian Games this year is Rakhi Halder, who created a national record in the beginning of the year 2018. The rising star from Bengal will be competing in the 63 Kg category.
The three male lifters who can going with our strong women are Sathish Kumar Sivalingam and Ajay Singh both of whom will be performing in the 7kg category, and Vikas Thakur in the 94kg category.
India had sent 6 lifters during the previous version of the prestigious event in 2014. We could not win any medal then. Mirabai had finished 9th in her category. But it was then, now our lifters are better positioned due to their continuous hard-work and support from the federation. The team is optimistic and full of energy.
Mirabai Chanu is motivated, humble and focused. She is all set to lead and this can be known from her tweets 🙂
"My next target are the #AsianGames2018 "
Proud to be an Indian 🇮🇳
— Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@ChanuMirabai) April 5, 2018
"Life itself is your teacher and you are in a state of constant learning."
Thank You India 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/FrsI4cAQAC
— Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@ChanuMirabai) April 16, 2018
— Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@ChanuMirabai) April 14, 2018