Mirabai Chanu Faces Stiff Competition in Paris Olympic Quest

Mirabai Chanu Faces Stiff Competition in Paris Olympic Quest

Mirabai Chanu’s return to competition after a six-month injury layoff has been met with cautious optimism. The 49kg lifter’s 184kg lift at the Phuket World Cup has secured her a spot at the Paris Olympics, but the road to a medal is fraught with challenges.

Chanu’s performance in Phuket was encouraging, considering her recent injury. However, the competition in Paris will be fierce. The top three finishers in Phuket all lifted over 200kg, with North Korea’s Ri Song Gum setting a new world record of 221kg.

China’s Hou Zhihui and Jiang Huihua, as well as Thailand’s Surodchana Khambao and USA’s Jourdan Delacruz, will be among Chanu’s main rivals in Paris. These lifters are younger than Chanu and have been consistently lifting over 190kg.

Chanu acknowledges the stiff competition but remains focused on her own performance. She has set a target of 205kg for Paris, which may not guarantee a medal but will keep her in contention.

National coach Vijay Kumar Sharma is confident that Chanu will reach her peak in time for the Olympics. He believes that her strength-based workouts will help her regain her muscle strength and improve her technique.

Despite the challenges, Chanu remains determined to make a mark in Paris. Her experience and resilience will be crucial in her quest for an Olympic medal.

MOC Approves Training and Support for Indian Athletes Ahead of Olympics

MOC Approves Training and Support for Indian Athletes Ahead of Olympics

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) has approved a series of proposals to support Indian athletes in their preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games.


Mirabai Chanu, India’s silver medalist in weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympics, will train at La Ferte-Milon, Paris, ahead of the Games. The MOC has approved her proposal to travel to Paris nearly a month before her event to acclimatize to the weather and prepare for the competition. Her training camp expenses, including airfare, visa costs, accommodation, food, training costs, and medical insurance, will be covered under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) funding.


Equestrian player Anush Agarwalla has received approval for his proposal to compete in eight competitions and purchase equipment for his horses. TOPS will cover his and his coach’s accommodation costs, entry fees, horse feed costs, coach fees, and horse groom costs.


Judoka Asmita Dey’s proposal for financial assistance to participate in the Grand Prix, Austria, has been approved.


Shooter Arjun Singh Cheema’s request for financial assistance towards participation in the ISAS Dortmund Competition has also been approved.


Newly inducted Indian tennis ace Sumit Nagal’s request for financial assistance towards participation in two international competitions along with expenditure for his support staff has been approved. Their airfare, accommodation cost, coaching fees, and physio/fitness coach/mental trainer fees will be covered under TOPS funding.

Other Approvals:

Other proposals approved by the MOC include financial assistance towards hiring a video analyst for badminton players Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, extension of the contract for weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga’s physiotherapist, and financial assistance towards buying equipment for track athlete Amoj Jacob.

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