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Olympic medallist Mirabai Chanu treats the truck drivers in Manipur who helped her to travel for training

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In Manipur, Mirabai Chanu met and treated almost 150 truck drivers. For many years, these truck drivers had given her lift from her village to Imphal for her training every day.

Mirabai Chanu

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Chanu wasn’t born with a golden spoon

Growing up wasn’t easy for Mirabai Chanu, who won India its first medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

Sports Academy in Manipur’s capital Imphal was more than 25kms far from her village.

As she didn’t had the capital aids for her everyday travel, she had to take lift from the truck drivers to reach the Sports Academy.

Her gratitude towards the truckers

When she met the drivers, she broke in gratitude. She said that without their help, her dream wouldn’t have been able to come true.

Mirabai’s journey

Mirabai Chanu said that she had to face many difficulties and had to make sacrifices throughout her journey.

Mirabai Chanu 3 Mirabai Chanu The North-Eastern Chronicle

In the women’s 49kg category, Chanu lifted a total of 202kg to be better Karnam Malleswari’s bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

“To be a big player or achieve something big, you have to make sacrifices and I have made many sacrifices,” she said.

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