Asian Games 2018: Indian Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu's Participation In Doubt

| August 7 , 2018 , 13:02 IST

Indian woman weightlifter and World champion Mirabai Chanu's participation in the upcoming Asian Games seems doubtful as India chief coach Vijay Sharma on Monday recommended her to pull out of Jakarta event so that she can be fit for the Olympic qualifiers as soon as possible. 

Mirabai Chanu, who won the gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 has been struggling with an unidentified lower-back problem since May and is yet to begin her proper weight training.

Speaking to media, coach Vijay Sharma said, "I have submitted a report to the federation. Now they have to take a decision. I am of the opinion that in such less time it's not good to take the heavy load. The Olympic qualifiers event is approaching and that is more important than the Asian Games."

The World Championship, which is scheduled to be held in Ashgabat from November 1, will be the first Olympic qualifying event this year.

The Indian wrestler travelled to Mumbai last week to resume her training and start mobility exercises, while training she complained of lower back pain.

However, Vijay Sharma revealed that "She is in constant touch with the federation. She was okay but felt slight pain yesterday in training. She stopped training but has resumed it again today."   

Talking about the injury the coach added, "It is a rare problem, the doctors say there might be a small tear in the ligament. That is why the MRI's and CT scans are coming clean."  

Meanwhile, IWF Secretary Sahdev Yadav said the final decision on her participation will be made by Thursday.

The Manipur-born wrestler, who participated in the 48 kg category in November 2017 had clinched India's first gold medal at the World Championship in 22 years after lifting 194kg (85kg+109kg) at Anaheim, USA.

One of the strongest contenders for a gold medal in Jakarta, Mirabai's absence will come as a huge setback for India.