CWG: A happy hunting ground for Indian weightlifters
Mirabai Chanu

Hours after the Manipur weightlifter won India’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics, state chief minister N Biren Singh announced a prize of Rs 1 crore and a state government job. 

CM Biren spoke with Mirabai face-to-face through a video call soon after she won the medal. 

Earlier in the day, it was announced by Indian Olympic Association that Tokyo Games silver winner Mirabai Chanu’s coach Vijay Sharma will get Rs 10 lakh after his ward’s historic feat. The coaches of gold medal winners will get Rs 12.5 lakh while those of bronze medallists will be given Rs 7.5 lakh by the IOA.

The IOA had also announced that it would give the Tokyo Olympics gold medal winners a cash award of Rs 75 lakh apart from giving each of the participating National Sports Federations (NSFs) a bonus amount of Rs 25 lakh.

Mirabai Chanu ended India’s 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics by clinching a silver medal in the 49kg category to open the country’s account here on Saturday.

The 26-year-old lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) to better Karnam Malleswari’s bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. With this, she exorcised the ghosts of the 2016 Games where she had failed to log a single legitimate lift.

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