Mirabai Chanu is being cautious in preparations for Paris Olympics

Mirabai Chanu is being cautious in preparations for Paris Olympics


Mirabai Chanu is taking care not to get injured while training and is being careful about her technique, strength (training) and diet.

Mirabai Chanu is taking care not to get injured while training and is being careful about her technique, strength (training) and diet. | Photo Credit: Shashi Shekhar Kashyap

Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, eager to win another Olympic medal in addition to her silver in Tokyo, is taking precautions to avoid a repeat of her heart-breaking experience at last year’s Hangzhou Asian Games.

For Mirabai, who is the only Indian weightlifter to qualify for Paris 2024, the last Asian Games, where she injured her right hip during the competition and could not register a total score, was a learning experience.

“I take care not to get injured during my training. I am careful about my technique, strength (training) and diet. What I eat and how I recover is important. What exercises I do and which muscles I focus on is also important,” Mirabai said during an interaction organised by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Thursday.

The top lifter underwent five months of rehabilitation after the Asian Games and competed at the IWF World Cup in Phuket in April and successfully lifted 184kg. This was 18kg less than his total at the Tokyo Games, and he will need to lift over 200kg to boost his chances of winning a medal in Paris.

Mirabai Chanu practicing at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala on June 12, 2024.

Mirabai Chanu practices at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala on June 12, 2024. | Photo credit: Shashi Shekhar Kashyap

“Now I am lifting 80 to 85 per cent (of my capacity). There is still a month left for the Games, I will increase my weight gradually.”

The 29-year-old, who is going through a mix of emotions ranging from excitement to anxiety, stress and nervousness, will leave for Paris on July 7, where he will train ahead of the Games.

“I have suffered a lot in the last three years because of injuries. The competitors have changed. I wonder if I will be able to do it or not [win a] I can win a medal again. But if I give my 100 percent, I can win a medal for the country.

“I am proud to have the opportunity to train in Paris ahead of the Olympics. I thank SAI and the Indian Weightlifting Federation for their support.”

Mirabai thanked her coach Vijay Sharma for his guidance. Looking forward to another successful Olympic campaign with her coach, Mirabai said, “I discuss everything with Vijay sir. He treats me like his daughter. My life changed after I joined him in 2014.”




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