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Olympian Chanu to compete in national championships in January

Mirabai Chanu. Photo: IOC

New Delhi, Dec 22 (MNN) Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Mirabai Chanu will be seen in action in the national weightlifting championships 2021-22 which will be held from January 8.

On the other hand, other Indian weightlifters Jeremy Lalrinnunga and Achinta Sheuli – who gave a good account of themselves in the recent Uzbekistan events — may opt out of the national events.

The championships slated to be held in Odisha capital Bhubaneshwar will end on January 16 amid observance of strict COVID-19 protocols.

All participants will undergo RT-PCR tests, without taking into account their vaccination status.

A former world champion, Chanu competes in the 49kg category. It will be her first outing after the Tokyo performance.

The weightlifter had preferred to given a go to the 2020-21 nationals at National Institute of Sports in Patiala in August 2021 soon after the Tokyo 2020.

She also withdrew from the world and Commonwealth weightlifting championships in Uzbekistan in recent times to enable her master a new technique.

India won 16 medals at Uzbekistan meet, including four gold in Commonwealth championships, as Jeremy Lalrinnunga, Achinta Sheuli, Ajay Singh and Purnima Pandey came up with sterling performances.

Chanu is also expected to defend her title in her weight category in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, followed by Asian Games in September 2022.

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