Mirabai Chanu to go to US for preparations ahead of Olympics

Mirabai Chanu is all set to leave for the US along with coach Vijay Sharma to prepare for the Commonwealth and Asian Games. She has chosen her pre-Olympic preparation venue, St. Louis, to prepare for the Games. Mira is going to stay here for more than a month. Along with Meera, it was also necessary to go to the other six lifters, including Jeremy Lalrinnunga, but due to the lack of her visa, but has to stay here. The India Weightlifting Association has asked the Sports Ministry and SAI to intervene to get visas from the Ministry of External Affairs.

St. Louis to leave in four to five days: Mira has to retain her title in the 49kg weight class at the Commonwealth Games. After sending an entry to Birmingham this time, the association decided that Mira's preparations for both the sporting events should be similar to that of Tokyo and she is being sent to the US so that she does not suffer any kind of injury. Mira is scheduled to leave for St. Louis on the night of March 16 or 17 with coach Vijay.

Dr Harshig will test Mira's preparations: St. Louis is the same centre where she has also undergone treatment under the tutelage of Dr Anthony Hershig before the Olympics. Mira is also going to talk about her fitness and new technique of snatching under the tutelage of Dr Harshig this time as well. The treatment of Dr Harshig had benefited Meera tremendously before the Olympics.

Mira will not play in the national championships: According to Sahdev Yadav, president of the weightlifting association, Meera was accompanied by 2 other lifters including Jeremy, Achintya Sehuli, Bindiya Rani, Jhime Dalbehara, but she has not yet received a visa from the US Embassy. She has spoken of the intervention of the Ministry of External Affairs, after which everyone can be sent to St. Louis. Due to going to the US, Meera is not going to participate in the National Championships to be held in Bhubaneswar from March 19 to 31.

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