Mirabai Chanu gave India their first medal in the Tokyo Olympics after she triumphed in the 49 kg category in weightlifting. She bagged the silver medal after lifting 202 kg- 115 kg in clean and jerk, and 87 kg in snatch. After helping her nation scale heights in Tokyo, the 26-year-old Chanu has come forward to reward the truckers, who helped her out during her training days.
She felicitated the truck drivers, who gave her a lift from her residence in Nongpok Kakching village to the training centre in Imphal. Mirabai and her family members handed over the gifts to the truck drivers. After she returned home following her victory, Chanu lauded the truckers for helping her out selflessly. She also pledged to lend her helping hand to the drivers.
“I wanted to see the truckers who provided me regular lifts from home to the training centre and seek their blessings. They really helped me during my hard times of training. I am looking for those sand-carrying truckers so that I can try to extend whatever help they may require now,” Mirabai Chanu was quoted as saying to Hindustan Times.
Our parents would give her Rs10-20 for her journey, says Mirabai Chanu’s brother
Saikhom Ongbi Tombi Devi, Chanu’s mother, operates a teal stall in her village. She said that the trucks would pass through her village and stop at her shop to pick Chanu up for the 25-km travel to the Khuman Lampak sports complex.
Saikhom Sanatomba Meitei, Chanu’s brother, also talked about his sister’s relentless approach and dedication towards her training.
“Our parents would give her Rs10-20 for her journey. The village is very small and almost everyone knows everyone else. Early morning, trucks used to leave from the market square. We would know which of them is going towards her training centre and would send her with them. She never complained about it. She would go alone every day,” he said.