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Tokyo Olympic Silver-medallist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu Returns To Warm But Chaotic Reception

Inside the airport, Chanu was greeted with chants of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' by the staff present there and felicitated by officials of SAI

Tokyo Olympic Silver-medallist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu Returns To Warm But Chaotic Reception
Weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will be appointed as the Additional Superintendent of Police in the Manipur police department. | Courtesy: Twitter
Tokyo Olympic Silver-medallist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu Returns To Warm But Chaotic Reception
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2021-07-26T20:11:29+05:30

Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu returned to the country on Monday after her superb silver medal-winning performance at the Tokyo Olympics, walking into sheer chaos after stepping out of the airport where social distancing went for a toss. Tokyo Olympics | Full Schedule | Sports News

Chanu walked out of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, flanked by security and clad in a face shield and mask.

"Happy to be back here in amidst so much love and support. Thank You so much," she tweeted after landing.

Inside the airport, the 26-year-old was greeted with chants of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' by the staff present there and felicitated by officials of the Sports Authority of India among others.

Once out, the young star was mobbed by the waiting media, leading to a melee and had to be completely enveloped by security personnel as she made her way through.

She is scheduled to meet sports minister Anurag Thakur later in the evening.

The diminutive Manipuri lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) in the 49kg category to better Karnam Malleswari's bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics on Saturday.

With that performance, she exorcised the ghosts of the 2016 Games where she had failed to log a single legitimate lift, leaving her shattered.

Chanu has also been a former world champion and a Commonwealth Games gold-medallist.

She was training in the USA before the Games and lived upto the medal expectations from her with a confident performance.

The Manipuri's focus for the past five years also kept her away from her family and she said he spent just five days with them during this period.

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