Female Athletes From Manipur: The state of Manipur is called "The Powerhouse of Sports in India". The state has produced numerous sportspersons who have brought laurels to India by setting national and International records.
Manipur has given us a remarkable number of athletes who have taken part at this prestigious event. This year too, we have quite a few sportspersons from the state who made it to the Tokyo Olympics to represent India. Out of the five participants, four are women.
Four Manipur female athletes in Tokyo Olympics, 2020
1. Pukhrambam Sushila Chanu (Hockey)
Pukhrambam Sushila Chanu led India's women's hockey team in the 2016 Rio Olympics and is representing India for the second time at the event. She plays the halfback for the team. Chanu was praised for her performance at the 2014–15 Men's FIH Hockey World League Semi finals. The Indian team upstaged the higher ranked teams such as Japan for a fifth-place finish there.
The player became popular in 2013, when she led the junior women's team to a bronze medal finish at the Women's Hockey Junior World Cup at Mönchengladbach. After that, she went ahead to make her debut in the senior national team. There, she was part of the squad that won the bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games which took place at Incheon, South Korea.
2. MC Mary Kom (Boxing)
MC Mary Kom is representing India for the second time at the Olympics in the 51 kg category. During the 2012 Olympics, she won a bronze medal and became the first athlete from Manipur to win one. This year, Kom was also the flag bearer at the opening ceremony event. On Day 3 of the Tokyo Olympics, the 6 times world champion Mary Kom defeated Dominican Republic's Miguelina Hernandez Garcia. She is the recipient of prestigious awards such as Padma Vibhushan, Padhma Bhushan, Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna etc.
3. Saikom Mirabai Chanu (Weightlifting)
In the 2016 Olympics, Saikom Mirabai Chanu competed in the women's 48 kg category. She represented yet another time in the Olympics this year. She won the silver medal after successfully lifting 84 and 87 kgs of weight. The weightlifter is the second Indian woman after PV Sindhu to win a silver medal at the Olympics.
She also became the first woman to pick a silver medal for India this year. The Chief Minister of Manipur, N Biren has announced that she would be appointed as the additional Superintendent of Police in the state police department.
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
4. Likmabam Sushila (Judo)
In the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Likmabam Sushila will be representing the country as the first Indian female Judoka. She is the only Indian to have qualified for the event this year. In the Common Wealth Games, 2014 at Glasgow, she won the silver medal in the women's 48 kg judo.