Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Mirabai Chanu felicitated by Home Minister Amit Shah


Guwahati: Tokyo Olympics silver medallist weightlifter Mirabai Chanu was felicitated by Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday during the 51st foundation day celebrations of the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) in New Delhi.

“I want to thank Mirabai Chanu. She is now part of the police family. And with her hard work, she has made our country proud,” said Amit Shah.

The Union Home Minister also said that much has to be done for the sports and he wishes gold from Mirabai Chanu at the next Olympic Games.

“Mirabai Chanu, when I heard that for training you use to take trucks, then I thought much has to be done for sports. I wish you best of luck and may you bring gold next time. When you won the medal, right from a child to the Prime Minister, everyone was happy,” said Amit Shah.

Mirabai Chanu created history in Tokyo recently as she overcame her Rio heartbreak to become the first Indian weightlifter to win the silver medal at the Olympic Games. Chanu won the silver in the Women’s 49kg category.

Chanu managed to lift a total of 202 kg in the women’s 49kg category to become the second Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari to win an Olympic medal. A new Olympic record was narrowly missed by Mirabai Chanu as she registered a successful lift of 115kg in clean and jerk.

The Bureau of Police Research and Development is a national-level apex body under the Ministry of Home Affairs to promote excellence in policing. It advises the government in conceiving, preparing and executing policy, modernisation, research and capacity building initiatives related to the Indian police. BPR&D’s mandate is to enable the Indian police to meet both emerging professional challenges and the rising public expectations.

BPR&D was founded on August 28, 1970. Today, during the celebrations for the foundation day, Amit Shah also gave away ‘Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Training and Union Home Minister’s Trophy for the Best Police Training Institutes at the event. Each award carries a cash component of Rs 25 lakhs for infrastructure development.