The Chief Minister of Manipur, N Biren Singh announced that the Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu will be appointed as additional superintendent of police in the state police department.
Mirabai Chanu opened the Olympics with a Silver medal on the first day for the Indian contingent. She was congratulated widely and now the Manipur CM N Biren Singh has offered her a position as the Additional Superintendent of Police in Manipur.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh says Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, who won the silver medal in women's 49 kg weightlifting event at Tokyo Olympics, will be appointed as additional superintendent of police in state police department
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) July 26, 2021
Shortly after her win at the Olympics, Mirabai Chanu and her coach Vijay Sharma gave an interview and expressed their feelings towards the win. Chanu said, “This will encourage women to enter weightlifting. I want to tell everyone that they should encourage girls to enter sports.”
Furthermore, Chanu’s coach Vijay Sharma said, “There was a lot of pressure on us after Rio’s failure as we were expecting a medal there. But we changed the journey. We changed the training pattern, technique and we could see the result from 2017 onwards & in the World Championship.”
Chanu had not won any medals at the Rio Olympics with three no lift tries to her name. Accounting to the same, Chanu and Vijay Sharma expressed the pressure the Rio Olympics had brought on the athlete.
There was a lot of pressure on us after Rio's failure as we were expecting a medal there. But we changed the journey. We changed the training pattern, technique and we could see the result from 2017 onwards & in the World Championship: Vijay Sharma, Mirabai Chanu's coach in Tokyo
— ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2021
Prior to this, Mirabai Chanu had made a new world record of lifting a weight of more than 200 kgs in the Clean and Jerk category. During this lift, Mirabai had missed the first two attempts she had with no lifts. Later in her third attempt, Chanu lifted 86kg and after she signed off with an incredible 119kg lift in clean and jerk at the Asian Championship. She later qualified for the Olympics because of this. Chanu had lifted a combined total of 205kg.
Mirabai Chanu is the first woman weightlifter to gain a podium finish with a Silver at the Olympics.