Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Mirabai Chanu will be sidelined due to an injury

Mirabai Chanu to take injury-enforced break

 Lifter will perform next at the Asian meet in May in NEW DELHI: Mirabai Chanu, a silver medalist at the Olympics, would be taking a five-month break from weightlifting due to an injury to work on strengthening her shoulder and rotator cuff. During competitions, the injuries have been causing pain in the lower back and wrist.

Prior to the Olympic qualification rounds, which began with the recently held World Championships in the Colombian capital of Bogota, Mirabai's support staff, led by chief national coach Vijay Sharma, has made the decision to allow the champion weightlifter—their biggest medal hope at the Paris Games 2024—some much-needed recovery time.

Mirabai defeated China's Tokyo Olympics champion Hou Zhihui to win the women's 49 kg silver medal at the Worlds despite having a weak left wrist. The Manipuri weightlifter had previously won a historic gold medal (48 kg) at the 2017 Worlds in Anaheim, USA. This was his second Worlds medal.

After a successful outing in Bogota, Mirabai and coach Sharma have returned to their training base at NIS Patiala. Mirabai won't compete until May of next year, when the Asian weightlifting championships will be held in Jinju-si, South Korea, from May 3 to May 13. This decision was made after consulting with her support staff. She will remain stationed in NIS during this time to treat her sore back and weak shoulder. In the beginning, Mirabai won't lift heavy weights for a month, with the exception of her usual workouts at the gym. Instead, the coach will direct her to exercises that will strengthen her shoulder area.

After the shoulder issue is resolved, the chronic back pain that has plagued her since her 2018 gold-winning performance at the Gold Coast CWG will be addressed. Mirabai's discomfort in her left wrist during her Worlds campaign.

She had returned from Birmingham with her second career CWG gold medal and had suffered the wrist injury during one of her training sessions in NIS in September. She had competed despite an injury to win her first National Games gold in Gujarat, but she had missed the October Asian Championships in Bahrain.

The Asian Games, which will be held in Hangzhou from September 23 to October 8, 2023, will be Mirabai's next big test. For the Asian Games, Mirabai will compete against weightlifters from Asian superpowers.

Mirabai wants to lift 210 kg for Paris in order to compete for the gold medal, but her snatch has been holding her back. Mirabai's best snatch weight at the moment is 88 kg; in order to reach her goal of 210 kg, she is aware that she must perfect her snatch and reach the elusive 90 kg weight.

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