Imphal, July 30: India's first silver medal winner in Olympics Saikhom Mirabai Chanu said that she wanted to see the truckers who provide regular lift from her home to the training centre at Khuman Lampak sports complex in Imphal and sought blessing.
"I wanted to see the truckers who provided me regular lift from home to training centres and seek their blessing," says 26 year old star weightlifter Mirabai. "They (truckers) really helped me during my hard times of training."
"So I'm looking for those sand carrying truckers so that I can try to extend whatever help they may require now," she told the local media on the sideline of an event at her Nongpok Kakching residence in Manipur's Imphal East district on Thursday.
According to Mirabai's mother Saikhom Ongbi Tombi Devi (58) who runs a tea stall in the village, the sand carrying trucks passing through their village would always give her daughter a lift to Imphal where she went for training at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex.
As a result, whatever little amount the family provided her to bear the travel fare between home and training centre at Imphal were spent in buying her diet during her early part of training.
Mirabai who won the country's first silver medal in women's 49 kg weightlifting with a total lift of 202 kg at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, was accorded a hero's welcome when she returned home on July 24.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh led well wishers including the family of Mirabai received the star weightlifter and handed over a cheque of Rs 1 Crore as cash reward and also handed over the appointment order of Additional Superintendent of Police (Sports) to her during a state level facilitation function in Imphal.Since then Mirabai has been attending felicitation events.