Mirabai Chanu on Monday received a warm welcome in India following her return from the Japanese capital after a successful campaign in the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Despite suffering from menstrual cramps a night before her summit clash, Chanu made her countrymen proud by winning the silver medal in the 49kg category in weightlifting. Chanu, who ended India’s 21-year long medal drought in weightlifting in Tokyo on Saturday, July 24, has been on a strict diet in the past few months to prepare for the showpiece event.
After her historic performance, the Manipur star had revealed that she was craving pizza. And On Tuesday, she could be seen having pizza with Union Minister of Law and Justice, Kiren Rijiju during an event that was organised to felicitate the Olympic star in Manipur.
A few photos from the function were also shared on Twitter by the former sports minister.
In a sweet note, Rijiju wrote on Twitter, “She was withholding her desire to eat pizza to maintain her weight in 49 kg Weightlifting for the Olympics! Now, Mirabai Chanu has the freedom to fully enjoy pizza till she starts her training for the next championship
While Domino’s Pizza announced that they would be treating Ms Chanu to “free pizzas for life”.
The weightlifter also wrote a message for her well-wishers and supporters after winning the medal in Tokyo. “I am really happy on winning silver medal in #Tokyo2020 for my country,” she wrote on social media.
“It’s really a dream come true for me. I would like to dedicate this medal to my country and would like to thank a billion prayers of all Indians which were with me during this journey.”