New Delhi: Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, who earned a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, was inducted into the Manipur Police on Saturday as part of a job offer she received last year after her successful campaign at the global sporting event. The 27-year-old took to social media to announce her appointment as Manipur Police’s Additional Superintendent of Police (Sports).
Chief Minister Biren Singh also turned to his official Twitter handle to announce Chanu’s appointment as ADS (Sports) in the Manipur Police. He said Chanu called on him at his office to take charge as Additional Superintendent of Police (Sports). The Manipur government had announced in July 2021 that Chanu will be appointed ADS (Sports) following her triumph at the Tokyo Olympics.
Sharing a few photographs of the event in a tweet on Saturday, weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu wrote, “It is an honour to have joined the Manipur Police as the Additional Superintendent of Police (Sports). I would like to thank the state of Manipur and our Hon’ble Chief Minister @NBirenSingh sir, for giving me this opportunity to serve the country and its citizens.”
While expressing her gratitude, the Olympian said, “This is one of the happiest days of my life because our chief minister and people of the state have recognised and respected my hard work and efforts put on for the Olympic medal and given this position as the ASP of our state police department.”
In another tweet, she wrote, “Proud moment for me and my parents who have supported me in every step of my journey as I join office with the Manipur Police as the Additional Superintendent of Police (Sports). Thank you mom and dad for your sacrifices, I feel happy to make you both proud.”
Mirabai, a weightlifter from Manipur won the country’s first silver medal in women’s 49 kg weightlifting with a total lift of 202 kg (87 kg in snatch and 115 kg in clean and jerk) on the first day of Tokyo Olympics 2020.
(With Inputs from ANI)