Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (Photo/ Sachin Tendulkar Twitter)
Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (Photo/ Sachin Tendulkar Twitter)

Tokyo Olympics: Manipur CM announces Rs 1 crore cash reward for Mirabai Chanu

ANI | Updated: Jul 24, 2021 21:21 IST

New Delhi [India], July 24 (ANI): Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced that the state government will be giving a cash award of Rs 1 crore to weightlifter Mirabai Chanu for clinching the silver medal in Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.
Mirabai Chanu opened India's medals tally on Saturday as she bagged a silver in the women's 49kg category at Tokyo International Forum and Sports Minister Thakur spoke to her.
"In presence of all the Chief Ministers of northeast today at a meeting, I broke the news about your win. That Mirabai Chanu has opened the tally for India in Olympics with a silver medal," Biren Singh said to Chanu while congratulating her.
"On hearing the news, Amit Shahji was so delighted and he said 'it's a moment of great pride for India.' Everyone along with Amit Shahji gave a standing ovation during the conference. The state government will be giving you a sum of Rs 1 crore.
"You won't be collecting tickets at railway stations and in trains anymore. I'm reserving a special post for you. I'm meeting the Union Home Minister in the evening. I have a surprise for you," he added.
Chanu lifted a total of 202 kg (87kg in snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk) during her four successful attempts in the competition. China's Zhihui Hou bagged gold with a total of 210kg and created a new Olympic Record while Indonesia's Windy Cantika Aisah grabbed bronze with a total of 194kg.
"Everyone in Manipur prayed for me and I have won a silver medal. I can't be more happier. I'm here today because of their support," said Chanu.
Chanu had said earlier in the day that it is a dream come true and also thanked the entire country for praying for her victory.
Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated and laid foundation stones of several projects in Shillong on Saturday. (ANI)