After Olympics, Mirabai Chanu aims for medal at Asian Games
Olympic silver medalist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu said on Tuesday that her next goal is to win a medal at the 2022 Asian Games and that she also aims to change the color of her gold medal at the Paris Olympics in three years.
Chanu had ended India’s more than two-decade wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics, winning the silver medal in the 49kg category at the Tokyo Games.
READ ALSO | You are all winners and role models, says PM Modi to para-athletes bound for Tokyo
Back home, Chanu said she was focusing on winning the Asian Games gold, which remains the only honor her cabinet lacks.
“My goal now is the Asian Games, where there is no medal in weightlifting. I will do my best to bring back a medal for India in weightlifting from the 2022 Asian Games,” Chanu said at a virtual press conference where it was unveiled as a brand. Amway Nutrilite Ambassador.
“After that in 2024 (Olympic Games in Paris), I will try to convert this silver medal into gold.”
Chanu had won a silver and a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2018 respectively. In the meantime, she also won the World Championships title in 2017.
She also has a bronze medal from the 2020 Asian Championships but an Asian Games medal is missing.
The 27-year-old from Manipur withdrew from the 2018 Asian Games after failing to recover from a lower back injury, which also forced her to withdraw from the World Championships.
Chanu recognized the contribution of her trainer Vijay Sharma in her journey to become an Olympic medalist.
âThe more I would say, the less it would be (Jitna bolu wo kam rahega),â she said.
“Whenever my training was bad or I had an injury, he always supported me (…) he always supported and motivated me,” she said, adding that he did not never left feeling weak in any of the defeats.
Chanu said Sharma treated her “like a girl” and wanted “future players, especially girls, to have a coach like him.”
The 27-year-old from Manipur also urged girls to play sports and stressed the importance of family support.
“I just want to say that young players, especially girls, feel like girls can’t accomplish anything, which is wrong. They can do a lot of things, they have a lot of power in them,” said Chanu.
While family responsibilities shouldn’t be overlooked, she said girls should also express their inner power to do something.
“All girls must have seen such dreams as ‘I can do too’. Why can’t girls do?” Chanu urged girls to practice weight lifting and train.
“I ask families to support their daughters in sport, to move forward in the fields to which they aspire,” she signed.