Injured weightlifter Mirabai Chanu pulls out of Asian Games 2018

first_imgStar Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu will not participate in the upcoming 18th edition of Asian Games in Indonesia next week, owing to a backache.The reigning CWG champion is struggling with an unidentified lower-back problem since May and is yet to begin full-fledged weight training.Confirming the news, International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Secretary General Sehdev Yadav told ANI, “Yes, she is not going to participate in the Asian Games and I am going to send an official mail to the government by afternoon.”Asian Games 2018: Injured Mirabai could begin preparations in two weeks timeChanu wrote to the IWF to give her time to recover from the injury and to prepare herself for the Olympics qualifiers, slated to be held later this year.Weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will not participate in the Asian Games. She had written a letter to Indian Weightlifting Federation requesting them to give her rest as she is not currently fit, owing to a backache, and wants to prepare for Olympics qualifier. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/7Q198b9YkaANI (@ANI) August 7, 2018The 23-year-old Manipuri weightlifter’s absence from the upcoming Asian Games will come as a huge setback for India, as she was considered as one of the strongest contenders for a gold medal in the event.In November, Chanu had clinched India’s first gold at the World Championship in 22 years after lifting a new world record of 194kg (85kg+109kg) at Anaheim, USA.She then bagged the gold at the Gold Coast CWG in April by lifting a personal best of 196kg (86kg+110kg), a national record.advertisementAfter coming back from the CWG, she headed straight to the training centre at Shilaru, Himachal Pradesh.Mirabai had also requested the Sports Ministry to install CCTV cameras in her room and training hall as she feared her food could be spiked to implicate her in a doping scandal.Apart from Mirabai, Rakhi Halder(63kg), CWG gold-medallist Sathish Sivalingam and Ajay Singh (both 77kg) and CWG bronze-medallist Vikas Thakur (94kg) have been selected to take part in the Asian Games.The Asian Games are scheduled to be held from August 18 to September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.(With agency inputs)last_img