She failed to win a medal at Rio Olympics in 2014, but the disappointment did not deter her from winning the elusive Gold medal at 2018 Commonwealth Games. But the medal came at a cost as Chanu missed the Asian Games in Indonesia and will not defend her World Championship title, which will be taking place from November 1-10 in Ashgabat in Turkmenistan. The event is also an Olympic qualifying event.
“In November, there are World Championships Olympic qualifiers but I will not participate in it as I am recovering from the back injury. The rehab is ongoing at the Reliance Foundation in Mumbai. I am much better than earlier and have started training,”
“Because of it (not taking part in World Championships), I will have to participate in all the competitions in 2019. Now for Olympic qualifying, I will have to take part in total nine competitions. I have six competitions in the 2019 and will have to participate in all those,” The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee said.
Chanu dominated the other lifters in the 48kg category to finish first at Gold Coast. On Friday at a function where Edelweiss Group offered her and five other athletics a life insurance cover of Rs 1 crore, the Manipur lifter said that if she can lift up to 210 kg, she would be able to win medals in any world level competition.
Looking back after Rio debacle, Chanu said that she had changed training style after the Rio Olympics.
“I have changed my practice since the (2016) Rio Olympics. I have changed my technique and now I train thrice a day. Earlier I used to train twice a day. I have been in the TOPS scheme and I have also been supported by my federation. I have been sent abroad for training,” the ace weightlifter added.
Inspite of losing out on World Championship, she has set her sights on Tokyo Olympics
“Before the Asian Games, I had a back injury, due to which I missed those Games. Now with the recovery, I have started training for a week. I feel disappointed to miss the Asian Games. My dream was to win a medal in the Asian Games, but that has not happened. My next target is 2020 (Tokyo Olympics),” she concluded.