Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won the BBC Indian Sportswoman Of The Year award 2021
The other nominees for the honor were PV Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain, Aditi Ashok, and Avani Lekhara. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Karnam Malleswari.
Digital Desk: Olympic medalist in weightlifting Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, due to a public vote, was named BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year 2021.
Mirabai Chanu, a Manipur native, made history by becoming the first Indian weightlifter to earn a silver medal at the quadrennial extravaganza in Tokyo last year.
Chanu won the prize ahead of golfer Aditi Ashok, boxer Lovlina Borgohain, para-shooter Avani Lekhara, and badminton star PV Sindhu. Last year, they made history by becoming the first Indian weightlifter to win a silver medal in the Summer Olympics.
Chanu became the first Indian weightlifter to win a silver medal at an Olympic Games. She finished second in the 49-kg category at Tokyo Olympics.
On this Manipur CM N. Biren Singh pen down a heartfelt note on twitter wishing Chanu -
Chanu is currently in the United States of America for training. She stated in a press release that she will do everything she can to win gold in this year's Asian and Commonwealth Games. She also conveyed her gratitude to BBC India for the recognition.
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