Tokyo Olympics silver medallist – Mirabai Chanu from Manipur, on Tuesday afternoon, reached her home.
She was accorded a hero’s welcome. Chanu arrived at the Imphal Airport at around 1:40 pm and was received Manipur chief minister Biren Singh.
Unprecedented scenes were witnessed in Imphal as people in thousands gathered at the airport, defying curfew, and then walked alongside the convoy of Mirabai Chanu.
Later, the Manipur Government felicitated Mirabai Chanu at the City Convention Hall in Imphal.
During the felicitation programme, Manipur chief minister Biren Singh handed over Mirabai Chanu a cheque of Rs 1 crore as award for stellar performance at the Olympics.
She was also handed over the appointment letter for her posting in the Manipur Police Department as Additional SP.
Mirabai Chanu said: “This silver medal is even more special because of the love people of India and my state Manipur have given me. I am grateful to each and every person who came today to congratulate me and gave me their blessings.”
#AAI welcomes weightlifter @mirabai_chanu home after she made the nation proud by winning the Silver Medal at #Tokyo2020 #Olympics. Hon'ble CM Sh. @NBirenSingh and #AAI's @ImphalAPD along with the airport's staff welcomed her with proud hearts and applauses. @WeAreTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/2lqYjNYaCl
— Airports Authority of India (@AAI_Official) July 27, 2021
It may be mentioned here that Mirabai Chanu returned to her home in Manipur after two-long years.