Tokyo Olympics: Mirabai Chanu, coach get hero’s welcome
New Delhi: India’s first medal winner at the Tokyo Olympics, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and her coach Vijay Sharma were given a hero’s welcome upon return to the country.
Union Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur felicitated them at his residence. Union Minister for Law and Justice Minister Shri Kiren Rijiju and Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and Development of North-Eastern region Shri Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Minister for AYUSH, Sh Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Nisith Pramanik were also present.
Chanu said, "I was able to win this medal because of the prayers and love of the people of India. I wish all young people especially girls who have entered sports to make the country proud".
Chanu won a silver medal in women’s 49 kg weightlifting in Tokyo Olympics 2020. For the first time, she has come to India after flying out to the USA on May 1 for a stint with renowned strength and conditioning coach Dr Aaron Horschig.