Mirabai Chanu, who returned to India on Monday after winning the silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, could well serve as an inspiration for generations to not only take up the sport but excel in it at the highest level. Fellow Indian weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam gave an example of that by posting a short little video on social media. In the clip, Sivalingam's little daughter could be seen mimicking Mirabai's silver medal lift and also acknowledging the applause from the spectators in a similar way to how Mirabai did at the biggest sporting extravaganza.
Silavalingam described her daughter as a "Junior" Mirabai Chanu, suggesting she could well walk her path to perhaps make India proud at the world stage someday. Mira also had a look at the video and has reacted to it by terming it "cute."
"Junior @mirabai_chanu this s called the inspiration," Sivalingam captioned the video to which the Olympic medallist said, "So cute. Just love this."
Check out the Twitter exchange between the two here:
Meanwhile, Mira landed at the New Delhi airport on Monday to loud cheers, applause and chants of "Bharat Mata ki Jai." The athlete from Manipur was escorted out of the airport by security personnel even as the airport staff cheered for her and applauded her for her tremendous achievement. Although the athlete was wearing the India colours, she chose not to wear the silver medal around her neck when she landed in India.
Chanu opened the country's account in the medals tally with a silver in the women's 49 kg category at Tokyo 2020. With this, she more than made it up for the disappointment at the Rio Olympics five years ago, where she had failed to make even a single successful attempt. The former world champion was aiming for this medal which she achieved on the first day of the Games itself, the first time in India's history that the country slept on the first night of the games with a medal against their name.
However, that remains the only medal that India has won till now, although a few prime contenders continue to be in the race.