I’m the identical lady, life hasn’t modified for me: Mirabai Chanu - rctim.com

I’m the identical lady, life hasn’t modified for me: Mirabai Chanu - rctim.com

Tribune Information Service

New Delhi, July 27

Innocence is an apparent character trait of India’s latest Olympics medallist, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu. After strolling into her abode for the night time in Noida with a posse of law enforcement officials — who trailed her automobile in two escort autos — final night time, Chanu declared: ‘I’m the identical Mirabai.’

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The weightlifter, who opened India’s medal rely in Tokyo, added that the perfect factor that occurred to her after the medal was a direct name from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a freewheeling chat with The Tribune, Chanu talks about loving the limelight, her return to coaching and future plans. Excerpts:

I like it. I’ve waited and dreamt of these items for numerous years however life for me has not modified in any respect. I’m the identical lady. This medal was not solely my dream nevertheless it was additionally the dream of our (weightlifting) federation and we have now realised it collectively and I’m so completely happy that we achieved this in Tokyo.

I’ve been given solely 10 days off (laughs). I’ll come again and begin coaching once more. We have now Commonwealth Championships in October after which we have now to begin preparation for the following occasions.

I’ll return on August 10. Sir (coach Vijay Sharma) mentioned I’ve to return on that date so I should come again and that’s closing. Within the meantime, I’ll stick with household. I’ve missed them a lot. I need to take pleasure in my time with them and I sit up for being with them.

I ran into her within the procuring advanced of the Video games Village. Out of the blue she got here out of nowhere and hugged me tight. She then mentioned: ‘You gained the primary medal for India right here. You made Indian and Manipur proud.’ She was so completely happy for me. We hugged one another for a very long time. It was pretty gesture from her.

I will probably be indebted for all times for what each Anita Chanu and Brojen Singh did for me. They taught me the game. Unhone haath pakad ke sikhaya hai. They’re the rationale I may make it to the nationwide camp. As soon as there, Vijay sir began to coach me. I stayed with Vijay sir and my efficiency began to get higher.

I’ll do every little thing for them and others, particularly for these ladies who could need to take up weightlifting as a sport due to my medal. It is going to be pretty to see extra ladies from Manipur or any a part of India get into my sport. Whoever wants assist and approaches me will get my assist. We’ll plan for it for certain.

It was a direct name from Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji. After the medal I used to be despatched to present my pattern (for dope management)… As soon as I had returned Vijay sir handed his cellphone to me. It was the PM! You don’t anticipate a direct name out of your PM. It by no means occurs. He mentioned: ‘Mira aapne kamal kar diya. Apne pehle din silver jeet ke humare desh ka naam upar kar diya.’ I used to be so completely happy. For a second I had doubts whether or not I used to be speaking to him! I used to be in shock. It was a giant second for me. I’ve met him prior to now, nevertheless it has by no means occurred that he has instantly known as me, so it is extremely particular to me.

This medal has proven me the way in which to go ahead in my sport. It has given me the boldness that may assist me to raised this efficiency within the coming tournaments. Now, I’ll work tougher in my coaching and can attempt to higher the color of the medal in Paris Olympics.


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