India’s pride has finally returned to its homeland. The Olympic silver-medallist Mirabai Chanu has landed at the Delhi Airport after her successful campaign at the Summer Games in Tokyo last week. The 27-year-old arrived to a rousing reception in the capital with chants of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” among others.
Mirabai Chanu became the first Indian athlete to win a medal on the first day of the Olympics and is only the second after Karnam Malleswari to clinch a medal in weightlifting in over two decades. The athlete from Manipur was escorted out of the airport by security personnel while the airport staff and fans cheered her on. Following her victory Manipur Chief Minister’s secretariat has decided to appoint Chanu as the Additional Superintendent of Police for Sports in the police department.
Manipur’s Chief Minister N Biren Singh has also announced a reward of Rs 1 Crore for the silver medallist. Chanu has won the silver medal in the women’s 49kg category lifting a total of 202 kg.