August 14, 2021

Olympic effect: Mirabai Chanu already seeing more interest in weightlifting

Star weightlifter Mirabai Chanu said the amount of love she has received from fellow Indians since her Olympic medal-winning feat last month has left her overwhelmed

New Delhi: Star weightlifter Mirabai Chanu has observed a heightened interest in the power sport since her silver medal-winning feat at the Tokyo Olympics and expects more women to compete at the highest level in the near future.

Speaking at an event organised by Adidas here on Friday, Mirabai said the amount of love she has received from fellow Indians since her feat last month has left her overwhelmed.

“It wasn’t like that before Tokyo but I am seeing a marked interest in weightlifting for the first time. It makes me confident that more women will represent India in the next Olympics.

“The sport is a lot about strength and power but there is not a lot of difference between weightlifting and other sports. I see lot of youngsters taking up to the sport especially women,” she said.

The performances from Indian women stood out in Tokyo whether it was Chanu’s outing on the opening day or P V Sindhu‘s bronze or the hockey team reaching the semifinals for the first time. India golfer Aditi Ashok also became a household name by finishing a highly creditable fourth after being in medal contention till the every end.

“It is all about hard work and women are working as hard as anyone and the results are for all of us to see,” said Mirabai when asked about women excelling in sports.

“I have received a lot of love from fellow Indians ever since I have come back. This is a big moment for me. To win a medal for India is a dream come true.”

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