Olympian Mirabai Chanu formally joins Manipur Police as an Additional Superintendent of Police (Sports). The news was shared on her verified social media handles where she expressed her gratitude towards her parents and Manipur’s CM N Biren Singh.

Chanu has taken charge as an Additional Superintendent of Police on Saturday in the Manipur police department in the presence of chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh at his official residence in Imphal.

The athlete Mirabai Chanu, made history last year by winning India’s first-ever Olympic silver medal in weightlifting in the Tokyo Olympics, 2020.

Chanu Joins Manipur Police as an ASP (Sports)

Mirabai Chanu, after her historic performance at the Tokyo Olympics, received a royal welcome on her return to the country. The people of India as well as the government showed her a lot of appreciation for her accomplishment.

In honour of her great achievement, the government of Manipur awarded her a cheque of rupees 1 Crore and the position of Additional Superintendent of Police last year.

Chanu formally joined as an ASP on Saturday, 15th January, 2022 and shared the proud moment on her verified social media handles. The Chief Minister of Manipur also tweeted, welcoming Chanu in the Manipur Police.

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Chanu’s Background

Mirabai Chanu was born on August 8, 1994, to a Meitei family in the Nongpok Kakching village in Manipur’s Imphal East. Her father is a government employee while her mother sold Samosas on the street.

According to her mother, Chanu wanted to pursue archery but her height became an obstacle. Hence she chose weightlifting.

A former international weightlifter Anita Chanu recognised Mirabai’s talent early on and trained her for international tournaments at the Manipur Academy.

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Chanu’s Journey to the Olympics

Chanu’s accomplishments began with a silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the 48-kg category. In 2017, she won the gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championships in the US. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Chanu again won the gold medal and broke the record for the 48-kg category.

With a lot of other titles in between, Chanu won the country’s first silver medal in women’s 49 kg weightlifting with a total lift of 202 kg (87 kg in snatch and 115 kg in clean and jerk) on the first day of Tokyo Olympics 2020. She also established a new Olympic record with a successful lift of 115 kg in clean and jerk.

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Awards and Appreciations

In 2018, Mirabai Chanu was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award and the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting honour in India by the government.


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