Mirabai Chanu will fight for gold at Tokyo Olympics: Weightlifting Federation Secretary

Just a day after Mirabai Chanu qualified for the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, the IWLF secretary affirmed his belief in the rising star.

Mirabai Chanu qualifies for the Tokyo Olympics
Mirabai Chanu at the Tokyo Olympics

The Indian Weightlifting Federation’s secretary-general, Sahdev Yadav, said that Mirabai Chanu will fight for gold in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) confirmed on Saturday that Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu had qualified for the Olympics in the women’s 49 kg category. Mirabai had booked a place by winning the bronze medal in the Asian Championships in April with a world record in the clean and jerk category and she has now qualified on the basis of the IWF’s ranking.

Tokyo Olympics: “It’s very good news for the federation after a long time we have got this opportunity” – Sahdev

Mirabai Chanu
Mirabai Chanu

“It’s very good news for the federation after a long time we have got this opportunity. Last time in Rio Olympics we had this chance but we didn’t get success at that time. Mira has worked hard in the last four years and I am sure this time she will get the success and will fight for gold,” said Sahdev. “It is positive news not just for us but for the nation, she is training in America and I am closely watching the way she is working and I have no doubt that she will fight for a gold medal,” Secretary-General told ANI.

“There no big happiness then this for federation the thing we wanted is now happening. She has done well in past and now she will show her potential in Olympics,” he said. She will show her potential at the Tokyo Olympics, said the Secretary-General.

The Tokyo Olympics are now looming, with only 40 days to go. There is pressure to deliver on the Indian athletes, with India sending its largest ever contingent to the Tokyo Olympics.

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