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Mirabai Chanu to overlook World Championship and Commonwealth Senior Championship

Olympic silver medallist weightlifter Mirabai Chanu will miss the World Championship and the Commonwealth Senior Championship slated to happen concurrently between December 7 to 17 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. 

Chanu, who gained a silver medal within the girls’s 49kg class on the Tokyo Olympics earlier this yr and can also be a former world champion, withdrew from the 2 occasions on the recommendation of India head coach Vijay Sharma.  

“Our main aim (for world championship and Commonwealth Senior Championship) is that the lifters qualify for next year’s Commonwealth Games,” Sharma instructed PTI

“We had despatched Mira’s entry however her efficiency is just not very correct proper now. We’re engaged on her snatch approach a bit.” 

“Her qualification (for CWG) is not an issue because she won the silver in Olympics and she’s also ranked number one at the moment,” he added. 

The Commonwealth Senior Championship was earlier scheduled to be held in Singapore from October 20 to 24 but was cancelled due to COVID-19. It will now take place simultaneously and at the same venue alongside the world championship next month. 

Twenty weightlifters from the country, including Youth Olympic gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga, will be competing in the tournament. 

Chanu, who holds the world record in the clean and jerk event in the 49kg category after she successfully heaved 119kg in the Asian Championship last year, has struggled to stay at par with her Chinese opponents in the snatch section. 

The 27-year-old has, in her own words, struggled while lifting weights in the snatch due to an imbalance that affects her right shoulder and back. 

Chanu had also consulted Dr. Aaron Horschig, a former weightlifter-turned-physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach in the US, which helped her immensely in winning the silver medal in Tokyo.

Asked if Chanu is planning to go back to the US for training, Sharma said, “There’s no need for it right now.”

Sharma said that the decision to withdraw from world championships is a strategic one.

“She is not facing any problem but it’s just that we are thinking strategically which events to take part in and which to miss.

“She has been participating in competitions continuously since the past five years. We have prepared but it’s not enough for this event.

“She would have had to take extra load for this event so I advised her to miss it,” he said.

However, in an interview to PTI last month, Chanu had revealed she still feels pain sometimes while lifting heavy weights.

“The problem is sorted, however generally, I nonetheless get ache in the appropriate shoulder and again due to the imbalance. However there may be loads of enchancment from earlier than,” she had said.

“Proper now there isn’t a plan to go to the US as a result of there may be World Championship in December. After this we’ll perhaps plan. I’m consulting him (Horschig) on-line what to do.”

Asian Championship gold medallist Jhilli Dalabehera, who earlier competed within the 45kg class, will characterize India in Chanu’s class on the occasion.

This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.

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