Imphal, January 27, 2018 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh felicitated World record holder and World Champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu in a solemn function held at Chief Minister’s Office today.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said that it is a proud moment for all of us that Mirabai Chanu became the first Indian after 22 years to claim a gold medal in 48 kg category at the World Weightlifting Championship. The whole State and the people feel proud on her achievement, he added. Commenting on the government initiatives for the sportspersons of the State, he stated that the government will try its maximum level to provide best offers to those players who brought laurels of the State. He assured that the government will offer a suitable government job to Mirabai Chanu soon. Mentioning that the State has a limited resource and has been dependent on Centre, Chief Minister stressed that the new government has already started resource mobilisation at maximum level. He mentioned that around 140 sports persons have been given government jobs till now. Chief Minister conveyed his best wishes for her future career and competitions.

On the occasion, Chief Minister handed over a sum of Rs. 20 lakhs to Mirabai Chanu for her recent achievement. It may be mentioned that Karnam Malleswari was the first Indian to win a gold medal at World Weightlifting Championships held at China in 1995.

During the function, Saikhom Mirabai narrated her pains and journeys to emerge as World Champion. She appealed to the concerned authorities to construct well equipped hostels and provide essential facilities to nurture sports persons of the State.

Minister for Forest and Environment Shri Th. Shyamkumar, Minister for PHED Shri Losii Dikho, Minister for Tribal and Hill Areas Development Shri N. Kayasii, Chairman Manipur Pollution Control Board Shri L. Radhakishore, Chief Secretary Shri R.R. Rashmi, Secretary (Sports) Shri Bobby Waikhom, officials and well wishers of Mirabai Chanu attended the function.

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