WATCH: Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu is greeted warmly in Imphal; a video of the event has surfaced on the internet

Mirabai Chanu
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While Mirabai Chanu was greeted with pomp and circumstance at the airport, there was a jubilant atmosphere throughout Imphal.

Mirabai Chanu, an Indian weightlifter, is the talk of the town right now, and she has earned it. The 26-year-old, who represented 1.3 billion people at the Tokyo Olympics, showed no signs of giving in to the pressure as she lifted 202 kg (Snatch, Clean, and Jerk) to win a historic silver medal in the 49 kg division. It is India’s only medal from the Tokyo Olympics to date, which says volumes about the significance of her feat.

Mirabai Chanu returned to her birthplace of Imphal, Manipur, on Tuesday after a long absence. Thousands of people greeted the Indian athlete at the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, which was also attended by Manipur’s Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh. Mirabai went to hug her parents as soon as she saw them waiting for her at the airport, culminating in a highly emotional moment.

What a reception for Mirabai!

While she was greeted with pomp and circumstance at the airport, there was a jubilant atmosphere throughout Imphal. Throughout the journey, Mirabai was applauded by people’s balconies as she departed from the airport. Despite the fact that she was surrounded by security, the 26-year-old did not disappoint her fans, as she was seen waving to them from the car window. The images in Imphal were incredibly wonderful, with crackers bursting all around.

Watch the video here:

Mirabai received INR 1 crore reward from Manipur CM

The Indian weightlifter was initially transported to Imphal’s City Convention Centre, where Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh congratulated her. As promised by the Chief Minister, Mirabai Chanu received a cheque for INR 1 crore. In addition, the 26-year-old was awarded INR 10 lakhs from the YAS Department and INR 3 lakhs from the Education Department.

Mirabai Chanu has been appointed to the position of Additional Superintendent of Police (Sports) in the Manipur Police Department by the Governor of Manipur. On Tuesday, she went to the office to pick up her appointment letter, and she was approached by a couple of police offers. Mirabai’s historic homecoming to her homeland after making the country proud was a day to remember.

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