Imphal, July 31 2022: Manipur burst into celebrations as Mirabai Chanu clinched the first gold medal for India at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Later, Bindyarani Devi won the silver medal in the women’s 55kg and sealed a fourth medal for the country.
Governor La Ganesan congratulated Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and Bindyarani Sorokhaibam for winning gold and silver medals respectively in weightlifting competition of the Commonwealth Game (CWG 2022) being held in Birmingham.
In his message, the Governor said Mirabai and Bindyarani have made India proud in general and Manipur in particular by their achievements.
“This will, indeed, act as an inspiration for their colleagues and juniors,” Ganesan said and conveyed his best wishes to them to keep up the good work and earn many more medals in their future career.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) also lauded the record-breaking weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on winning the country’s first gold medal at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Mirabai Chanu, who won silver at the Tokyo Olympic Games last year, defended her Commonwealth gold from the 2018 edition with a record-breaking total of 201kg (88kg + 113kg) in the 49kg category of women’s weightlifting at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on Saturday.
IOA acting president Anil Khanna said, “To be one of the strongest medal prospects and live up to the expectations is not easy, but Ms Mirabai Chanu has done that with excellence and we are very happy to see her and her support system’s efforts come to fruition today.
“Better yet, she challenged herself to attempt the 90kg lift.
Though the result wasn’t the desired one, Ms Chanu’s commitment to pushing the envelope and setting the bar higher as one of India’s best athletes is commended by the IOA.
“We congratulate her and the other medallists, Mr Sanket Sargar, Mr Gururaja Poojary, and Ms Bindyarani Devi for performing with excellence in their respective categories,” added Khanna.
Residents of Nongpok Kakching in Imphal East district, Mirabai Chanu’s native place, were glued to the television sets on Saturday night. As her Gold was confirmed, they burst into joy.
Her mother Tombi Devi said she could not sleep on the night before the competition, and was only praying for her victory. “I am so proud of her. We stayed up late last night to see her event.
Now, her sisters, relatives and the neighbours are celebrating with the tricolour, and some indulging in the traditional Thabal Chongba dance,” she said.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh said he was super proud of Manipur’s “superstar daughter” .
“There’s no better feeling than seeing our tricolour fly high on the world stage. The entire nation is proud of you Mirabai,” he said.