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 ladies’s 49kg class on the Tokyo Olympics earlier this 12 months 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 advised PTI.
“We had sent Mira’s entry but her performance is not very proper right now. We are working on her snatch technique a little.
“Her qualification (for CWG) is just not a problem as a result of she gained the silver in Olympics and he or she’s additionally ranked primary for the time being,” 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 want for it proper now.”
Sharma said that the decision to withdraw from world championships is a strategic one.
“She is just not going through any drawback nevertheless it’s simply that we’re considering strategically which occasions to participate in and which to overlook.
“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 needed to take additional load for this occasion so I suggested her to overlook it,” he said.
However, in an interview to PTI last month, Chanu had revealed she still feels pain sometimes while lifting heavy weights.
“The difficulty is sorted, however generally, I nonetheless get ache in the appropriate shoulder and again due to the imbalance. But there’s a variety of enchancment from earlier than,” she had mentioned.
“Right now there isn’t a plan to go to the US as a result of there’s a World Championship in December. After this we’ll possibly plan. I’m consulting him (Horschig) on-line about what to do.”
Asian Championship gold medallist Jhilli Dalabehera, who earlier competed in the 45kg category, will represent India in Chanu’s category at the event.
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