Prime News, National and International Sport, Weightlifting, New Delhi, August 7:- Star Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu will not participate in the upcoming 18th edition of Asian Games in Indonesia next week, owing to a backache.
Confirming the news, International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Secretary General Sehdev Yadav told media, “Yes, she is not going to participate in the Asian Games and I am going to send an official mail to the government by afternoon.”
Chanu wrote to the IWF to give her time to recover from the injury and to prepare herself for the Olympics qualifiers, slated to be held later this year.
The 23-year-old Manipuri weightlifter’s absence from the upcoming Asian Games will come as a huge setback for India, as she was considered as one of the strongest contenders for a gold medal in the event.
The Asian Games are scheduled to be held from August 18 to September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)