Mumbai, Sep 28 (PTI) World champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu Friday said that if she can lift up to 210 kg, she would be able to win medals in any world level competition. Also Read - Bizarre! Turkmenistan Bans the Word 'Coronavirus', Makes Wearing Masks In Public Illegal
“I have lifted more than 192 kg. I have lifted 194 Kg in the World Championship and bagged the Gold medal. After that, I had lifted 196 Kg in the Commonwealth Games and that has been my best performance,” Mirabai told reporters during a promotional event. Also Read - How Racially-Motivated Spit Attacks & Hate Crimes Across the World Are More Deadly Than Coronavirus
“Now I will have to do better because of change in rule. We were earlier 48 kg athletes, but now we have to participate in 49 Kg category. Now the aim is to lift 210 Kgs and doing so I will ensure that I can win medals in every competition,” she said. Also Read - Delhi Police Arrests Man Who Spat, Hurled Racial Slurs at Manipuri Woman
She was speaking at a function where Edelweiss Group offered her and five other athletics a life insurance cover of Rs 1 crore.
Recovering from a back-injury and hence won’t take part in the World Championships to be held in November, an Olympic qualifying event.
The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee said she will have to take part in all competitions to be held next year.
“Before the Asian Games, I had a back injury, due to which I missed those Games. Now with the recovery, I have started training since a week. In November, there are World Championships — Olympic qualifiers — but I will not participate in it (the World Championships),” 24-year-old Chanu, who hails from Manipur, told reporters here.
The World Weightlifting Championships will be held from November 1-10 in Ashgabat in Turkmenistan.
“I am recovering from the back-injury and the rehab (rehabilitation) and treatment is ongoing at the Reliance Foundation in Mumbai. I am much better than earlier and have started training,” she replied when quizzed on the reasons for non-participation in the World Championships.
“Because of it (not taking part in World Championships), I will have to participate in all the competitions in 2019. Now for Olympic qualifying, I will have to take part in total nine competitions. I have six competitions in the 2019 and will have to participate in all those,” Chanu explained.
Chanu, who had broken the Commonwealth Games record, to win a Gold medal, expressed disappointment on missing the Asian Games.
“I feel disappointed to miss the Asian Games. My dream was to win a medal in the Asian Games, but that has not happened. My next target is 2020 (Tokyo Olympics),” she added.
The weightlifter also stressed that she has changed training style after the Rio Olympics.
“I have changed my practice since the (2016) Rio Olympics. I have changed my technique and now I train thrice a day. Earlier I used to train twice a day. I have been in the TOPS scheme and I have also been supported by my federation. I have been sent abroad for training,” the ace weightlifter added.
Mirabai, who had won a silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, recalled how she was helped by her mother to continue in weight-lifting after a disappointing show in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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