by NEWSNER , 2021-07-27 09:20:43
Mirabai Chanu, an Indian weightlifter, just made the country proud by winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Chanu, one of India's top competitors in Tokyo, became only the second Indian weightlifter to win an Olympic medal, following Karnam Malleswari's bronze in the 69kg category in the 2000 Sydney Games, which marked the first time the weightlifting arena was available to women.
Chanu, who arrived in Imphal today after arriving at the IGI Airport in New Delhi on Monday, was greeted as a hero by fans and media members who had assembled in large numbers to see her. At Imphal's municipal convention centre, the state government has organised a magnificent celebration to honour the ace weightlifter.
Following her historic silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced that the state government has chosen to appoint Olympic Silver Medalist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu as the Additional Superintendent of Police (Sports) in the police department.
Biren Singh stated that he has asked Chanu to resign her current work with the Indian Railways and join the Manipur police force. In addition, Singh stated that Mirabai Chanu would be given Rs 1 crore as promised by the government.
The state has promised a monetary prize of Rs 1.2 crore for gold medalists, Rs 1 crore for silver medalists, and Rs 75 lakhs for bronze medalists for sportsmen competing in the Olympic Games.
Likmabam Sushila Devi, an Olympian Judoka, would also be elevated from Constable to Sub-Inspector, according to the Chief Minister. Sushila Devi, a silver medalist in Judo at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, had fallen in the round of 32 to a Hungarian Judoka. Despite this, he stated that each of the five Olympians, including Sushila, would receive Rs 25 lakhs.
Meanwhile, the Manipur government has resolved to open a World Class Weightlifting Academy in the state.
Article reference: https://indianexpress.com/article/north-east-india/manipur-govt-to-appoint-mirabai-chanu-as-asp-sports-7423594/#:~:text=Manipur%20Chief%20Minister%20N%20Biren,Sports)%20in%20the%20police%20department.