Chanu’s achievement would greatly benefit Indian weightlifting. Since Chanu’s victory in Anaheim in 2017, the nation has gone a full year without taking home a gold medal from the World Weightlifting Championships. Chanu winning a gold medal in Tashkent would help Indian weightlifting regain its international prominence.
The Commonwealth Games medalists Bindyarani Devi (55 kg), Achinta Sheuli (73 kg), Shubham Todkar (61 kg), and Narayana Ajith (73 kg) will also compete in the international competition in addition to Chanu (49 kg).
With the exception of Todkar, the same team will compete at the Asian Games.
Chanu, who won the silver medal at the Olympics in Tokyo, will be competing for the first time since placing sixth at the Asian Championships in May.
“Mira is not injured, we are working on her strength here. She will compete in the Worlds as well as the Asian Games” national coach Vijay Sharma, who is in the US with Chanu, told PTI.
As part of a 65-day camp run by Dr. Aron Horschig, a former weightlifter-turned-physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach, Chanu and Bindyarani are currently in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States.
“I am feeling very good and confident,” Chanu said. “I have been training hard for this competition, and I am looking forward to giving my best.”