Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) President Sahdev Yadav confirmed on Thursday that Mirabai Chanu, the Olympic silver medalist, is currently on the path to recovery from a thigh injury and is now approximately 95 percent fit. However, she will not be participating in the upcoming Commonwealth Championships this month.
Presently, Mirabai is located in St Louis, USA, where she is undergoing a two-month training camp to aid in her recovery. Her focus is on competing in the World Championships and Asian Games, both of which are scheduled for September.
Yadav, on Thursday, said,
“Mirabai had a little injury; she is undergoing rehab in St Louis. She is 95 percent fit now and training well.”
“About a month-and-a-half ago, Mirabai had complained of a problem in her thigh. So we immediately made preparations to send her to the US.”
Mirabai has been receiving guidance from Dr. Aron Horschig, a former weightlifter who is now working as a physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach.
Yadav further said,
“Mirabi Chanu needs to be protected till the Paris Olympics. She has to cut down on her weight to become 49kg before the competition. For the same reason, competing frequently is not good for her.”
Dr. Horschig’s expertise will help address the imbalance issue that has affected Mirabai’s snatch technique. The IWLF is preparing to host the Commonwealth Senior, Junior, and Youth Championships in Greater Noida starting from July 12.
Additionally, the Asian Youth and Junior Championships will take place at the same venue starting from July 28. The World Championships are set to commence on September 4 in Riyadh, followed by the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, on September 23. While the Asian Games do not serve as a qualifying event for the 2024 Paris Olympics, winning a medal at the Asiad remains a notable achievement that Mirabai desires. Given the proximity of both tournaments, it is crucial for Mirabai not to miss any of them, as participation in the 2023 World Championships and the 2024 World Cup is a requirement for all weightlifters.