Imphal: President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sports minister Anurag Thakur and Sachin Tendulkar congratulated Saikhom Mirabai Chanu of Manipur after she opened India’s medals tally at Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Saturday with a silver in the Women’s 49kg category.
“Heartiest congratulations to Mirabai Chanu for starting the medal tally for India in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 by winning silver medal in weightlifting,” President Kovind tweeted.
“Could not have asked for a happier start to @Tokyo2020! India is elated by @mirabai_chanu’s stupendous performance. Congratulations to her for winning the Silver medal in weightlifting. Her success motivates every Indian. #Cheer4India #Tokyo2020,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
Union minister for youth affairs and sports Thakur tweeted, “India’s 1st medal on day 1 ! @mirabai_chanu wins SILVER in women’s 49kg weightlifting! India is so proud of you Mira ! #TeamIndia #Tokyo2020.”
“Mirabai Chanu! Absolutely amazing display of weightlifting. The way you have transformed yourself after your injury and clinched a historic silver for #TeamIndia is absolutely stupendous. You have made India very proud,” Tendulkar tweeted
Mirabai lifted a total of 202 kg to clinch the Silver.
“I am really happy on winning silver medal in #Tokyo2020 for my country,” Mirabai writes on Twitter. She said.
“Its really a dream come true for me. I would like to dedicate this medal to my country and would like to thank the billion prayers of all Indians which were with me during this journey. I like to thank my family especially my mother for a lot of sacrifices and believing in me. Also special thanks to our government for supporting me, Ministry of Sports, SAI, 10A, Weightlifting Federation of India, Railways, OGQ, sponsors and my marketing agency IOS for their continuous support in this journey. I would like to give special thanks to my coach Vijay Sharma sir and support staff for their continuous hardwork, motivation and training. Thank you once again entire weightlifting fraternity and all my countrymen,” she said.