Tokyo, Japan is more than excited to host The Olympic Games – 2020 right after the rampant world pandemic. Competitors from various nations will be competing again, be it Shooting, Archery, Weight lifting or running a 300m race. However one must be wondering as to why the games are still in reference to the year 2020 which is already a ‘Done and Dusted’ affair.
The Tokyo Games – 2020 was postponed owing to the severe Covid 19 fatalities worldwide, in late March 2020. Thus the organizers that time, decided to retain the name ‘Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020’. The games started on the 23rd July 2021 and will continue to last till 8th August 2021.
While the second day at the games was a bit disappointing for Men’s Hockey team along with India’s shooting contingent, MC Mary Kom, Manika Batra and PV Sindhu brought cheer in their respective sports fields – Boxing, Table Tennis and Badminton, however a new addition to this super league was made when India made a beeline for the second position in 49kg category Weightlifting.
Mirabai Chanu from Manipur secured silver and won the hearts of millions of Indians. Chanu, effortlessly triumphed at the Clean and Jerk event bringing glory to India after Karnam Malleswari’s Bronze win at Sydney Olympics (2000). The athlete had previously debuted and made an attempt to win at the 2016 Games, but had failed to land a blow. Mirabai’s total lift of 202kg was second to the Chinese weightlifter – Hou Zhihui who cleanly lifted a total weight of 210kg, 8kg more than Chanu.
Mirabai Chanu’s full name is Saikhom Mirabai Chanu. She was born on 8th August 1994 in Imphal, Manipur. She has previously competed and won Bronze in the 2020 Tashkent Asian Championships (49 kg), Gold in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (48 kg), Gold in 2017 Anaheim World Championships (48 kg) and Silver in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games (48 kg).
Speaking about her historic win, Chanu expressed her jubilance on winning the Silver, she said “There is so much happiness. The dream to take a medal at the Olympics has been fulfilled today.” She also thanked her mentor and coach Vijay Sharma for his guidance in the fulfillment of her goal. She has also been felicitated with the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award by the Government of India in 2018 and with the fourth highest civilian award of India – the Padma Shri.
In an interview, she expressed her desire to celebrate her victory by eating lots of Pizza. The multinational pizza chain – Dominos responded to her by praising her on Twitter and offering the athlete a lifetime of free Pizza supplies.
India continues to hold its hopes high in anticipation of more wins in the Tokyo Olympics. India’s total medal count remains to be 1 with 127 Olympic athletes representing the Indian state in 18 sporting categories. The number happens to be the largest contingent ever since India’s participation in every edition of the summer olympics held since 1920.