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Training tirelessly, staying away from family and maintaining a strict diet for five years finally culminated in the moment Mirabai Chanu had been desperately waiting for – standing atop the Olympic podium but it almost didn’t happen.
The postponement of the Tokyo Games and a break in training due to the Covid-19 lockdown last year brought with it a shoulder issue for the weightlifter that could have led to a completely different result, something Chanu had been worried about.
“When I started training after the lockdown, my back started getting tight and my right shoulder had some issue. It was not an injury but it would get tight while lifting heavy weight,” Chanu told PTI in an interview after returning to an enthusiastic welcome for her 49kg category silver at the Tokyo Games.
“It happened because I had stopped training during the lockdown,” she added.
Chanu had been confined to the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala when a nationwide lockdown was announced last year to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.
Resuming training after months of staying inside her room, Chanu developed the shoulder issue. This severely affected her performance in snatch, one of the two events in weightlifting. To rectify it, she flew to the US to get treatment…