TODAY -

Mother in tears as Mirabai sports 'good luck' earrings
Source: Chronicle News Service

Imphal, July 24 2021: A historic silver medal and a radiant smile were not the only eye-catching things about Mirabai Chanu on Saturday in Tokyo, her gold earrings shaped like Olympic rings were as striking, a gift from her mother who sold her own jewellery for them five years ago.

The hope was that the earrings would bring her "good luck" .

It didn't happen in the Rio 2016 Games but Chanu made the little sacrifice count in Tokyo this morning with a silver medal and Saikhom Ongbi Tombi Leima has struggled to stop her tears from flowing ever since.

"I saw the earrings on TV, I gave them to her in 2016 before the (Rio) Olympics.

I have made it for her from the gold pieces and savings I have so that it brings luck and success," Leima told PTI from her home in Manipur where a considerable number of relatives, friends and well-wishers gathered to watch Chanu script history in Tokyo.

"I was in tears seeing it and also during the moment she won the medal.

Her father (Saikhom Kriti Meitei) was also in tears.

Tears of joy.

All her hard work has led to the success" .

Mirabai's parents, Kriti and Tombi expressed their elation over their daughter's win.

"It is matter of pride and extreme joy to see my daughter represent the country in the Olympic Games and bag a silver medal", Kriti said, while adding that he would encourage his daughter to bag the gold medal in the next Games.

Meanwhile, Tombi said that she witnessed her daughter's performance alongside family and neighbours on the television.

She continued that she is proud of her daughter and that she (Mirabai) has brought glory and recognition to Manipur and India across the world.

On Friday, family, friends and neighbours gathered at the residence of Mirabai in Nongpok Kakching, Imphal East to watch her performance in the weightlifting competition of the Olympic Games on television.

Her performance and subsequent win of the silver medal was praised and celebrated by all present.

At the Saikhom household which is around 25km from state capital Imphal, visitors had been trickling in since Friday despite the curfew caused in part by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mirabai Chanu has six siblings, three sisters and two brothers.

"She had told us she will win gold or at least a medal.

So, everybody was waiting for it to happen.

Many of our relatives who lived far came last evening.

They stayed overnight with us," Tombi said.

"Many came this morning and the people of the locality also thronged.

So, we have brought out the television to the verandah and around 50 people were there to watch Mirabai in Tokyo.

Many sat at the front courtyard.

So, it was a kind of festival.

"A lot of journalists have also come.

This is something we have never experienced".

The gold they had wished for didn't come but the silver was enough to send a packed courtyard, glued to the TV, into frenzy as the tense little crowd broke into celebrations, unclenching their fists and clapping frantically.

It was a moment of pride and jubilation for the 40-odd family members and friends of the 26-year old lifter who remained glued in front of the television set for the entire 2-hour of the weightlifting event, at Mirabai's home.

Each time Mirabai took her turn at the stage, the crowd at Mirabai's ancestral home broke into loud cheering and claps.

The anxiety was palpable and it was a day like no other for Saikhom Kriti and Tombi Devi, the lifters' parents.

While the rest of the crowd folded their hands and silently prayed as Mirabai took her turn, Kriti clenched his fists tightly only to release them with a victory cry when his daughter successfully lifted the assigned weight, turn-after-turn.

Mother Tombi Devi, on the other hand, almost stopped breathing, only to heave a sigh of relief when Mirabai breaks into a victory smile.

Such was the excitement at the remote village of Mirabai.

Although the jubilation was low key, Mirabai's mother said her daughter's historic achievement for the entire nation cannot go uncelebrated.

"Tonight, we are going to have fish, we are mostly vegetarian but tonight will be an exception.

She opened the medal account for India winning a silver medal.

This is a proud moment for me," said Tombi Devi.

Mirabai Chanu was on video call with her family from the weightlifting arena in Tokyo before her event began and she had sought blessings from her parents.

"She (Chanu) rarely comes home (because of training) and so we have made a WhatsApp group to communicate with each other," said Chanu's cousin Aroshini.

"This morning, she had a video call with all of us and she bowed down and sought blessings from her parents.

"She said 'bless me to win a gold medal for the country' .

They gave their blessings.

It was a touching moment" .

(With inputs from agencies, Sanzu Bachaspatimayum) .


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




HEADLINES - 25, JUL 2021
  • Daily count of 1000 plus cases continues with 1198 more
  • Biswajit joins Mirabai's family in celebrating success
  • COHSEM sticks to schedule...To announce Class XII results
  • President, PM, CM lead in congratulating winner
  • CCpur sees record surge in cases, vax crosses halfway mark
  • N Loken named interim president of MPCC (I)
  • Dr RK Ranjan Singh launches IGNOU's Online Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainability Science (PGDSS)
  • Mass Covid vaccination camps conducted
  • JCILPS against land purchase notice
  • Covid claims scribe
  • COVID-19: Vaccination / awareness programme held
  • NPF mulls 12 candidates
  • Major General Alok Naresh greets Mirabai Chanu
  • Congress, CPI-MSC, CPI (M) hail Mirabai Chanu
  • Cash incentives awarded to police
  • Chakhao Monitoring Committee formed
  • Unclaimed body to be disposed
  • 'Honour S Mirabai Chanu with an officer's post'
  • AMMDC condemns mob lynching
  • States sees 1198 new cases, 14 fatalities
  • PM Modi leads in congratulating Mirabai
  • Education minister declares HSE 2021 result
  • Advocacy programme on COVID-19 vaccination organised
  • Nambol MLA N Loken named MPCC interim president
  • JCILPS opposes gazette notification on land sale
  • Committee demands probe into mob violence
  • Doctors hailed for treatment of lonely Hiyanglam woman
  • DESAM petition seeks improvement of higher education
  • TLRF lauds Corona Warrior awardee minister Dikho
  • Farmers' group appeals for using GI tag in exporting Chak-hao
  • More cameras installed to snap Kuilong predator
  • High turnout for vaccination at Kakching CHC
  • Police caution public on cyber fraud
  • AMTUC urges MSPDCL to grant social security to contract employees
  • Mass vaccination programmes, testing camps conducted across state
  • Commotion over PDS rice denial in Khundrakpam AC
  • TA & Hills minister organises vaccination drive
  • Two nabbed with contraband items
  • 'Ritual festival of vaccination' begins
  • Student bodies welcome Prof Lokendra as new MU VC
  • Imphal Times reporter Bijen no more
  • Covid deaths in Bishnupur touch 200
  • Maj Gen Alok Naresh greets Mirabai Chanu
  • AR units organise tree plantation drives
  • Legal awareness programme held
  • KSA to conduct MU/ DMU entrance coaching
  • CCpur cops rewarded for busting drug lab
  • Mass Covid vaccination conducted at various places
  • Advocacy programme on COVID-19 vaccination held
  • NFSA beneficiaries storm residence of FPS agents
  • Loumi Lup seeks CM's intervention
  • COVID-19: Vaccination cum awareness programme held
  • AR provides medical assistance
  • O Lukhoi stresses on the importance of Covid vaccination
  • AR organises plantation drive
  • LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Strategies to improve piggery sector
  • COVID-19 Status 02 Dec : Govt of Manipur
  • COVID-19 : Impact in Manipur :: News Timeline
  • Beauty lies within you :: Poem
  • Panti Neimei : Prayer for longevity
  • Manager @ KIIT TBI Bhubaneswar
  • Careers in IoT (Internet of Things)
  • Omicron the new avatar of coronavirus
  • Omicron variant scare amid aura of normalcy
  • Book fair @ Manipur Univ #1: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 01 Dec : Govt of Manipur
  • Why 680,000 AIDS deaths in 2020?
  • 'forward Ethnographic report on Meeitei'
  • Gust of wind :: Poem
  • Political leaders & their credibilities
  • World Heritage Sites in India
  • CM's barb on Imphal centric tribal MLAs
  • Inclusive Manipur: A cure for myriad maladies
  • Cosmos Festival @Maram #3: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 30 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • DM University: Place of Hopes or Nothing
  • Protest for ST list at Guwahati
  • Choosing the right candidates
  • Drone warfare
  • MU in limelight for wrong reason
  • Time to review development initiatives
  • Let's Make a Difference: Girl Up Khonjel
  • COVID-19 Status 29 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • December Calendar for Year 2021 : Tools
  • Demands extension of Ishan Uday deadline
  • 'Name of Bailey Bridge at Tipaimukh wrong'
  • My lovely mother :: Poem
  • Election in March first week ?
  • Lesson to learn from JCILPS' drive
  • ILP System needs dedicated staff
  • Traditional Fishing Equipment : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 28 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Protest for ST list at Delhi
  • Pendraba Khunnaigi Meiri :: Play review
  • The days of yore :: Poem
  • Farmers suitable technique of composting
  • Threat from new variant
  • Landlocked NE needs better connectivity
  • Meetei Leikai @ Silchar #2: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 27 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Antimicrobial resistance is threatening health
  • The Unified Nation :: Poem
  • Manipur Polls 2022: All roads lead to BJP
  • Economic governance; need for Manipur
  • Celebrate festival with Covid protocol
  • COVID-19 Status 26 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2021 #5: Gallery
  • Constitution Day at Lilong
  • Constitution Day at Lamphel Court
  • Applicants : Manipur Entrepreneurs Society
  • Executive Committee posts for YMC
  • Transgenders : Struggling for identity
  • Anthelmintic resistance: Havoc to veterinary
  • Signing pacts hallmark policy to delay stir
  • Paddy land conservation
  • Jiribam Keithel [Sept 2021] #1 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 25 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Time heals
  • Manipur women : Champions Sepak Takraw
  • TEDxYouth@RonaldsayRoad at Agartala
  • Tips to make nail paint last longer
  • Health Min data exposes Govt inefficiency
  • Leaving out Manipur from the loop?
  • RIMS, Lamphel, Imphal #2 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 24 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • COVID-19 Status 23 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Activism Against Gender based Violence
  • National Lok Adalat at Lamphel
  • MPSC cleaning by LAC
  • Hope - the essence of life
  • Students Induction Programme at Lilong
  • Ending cash-for-vote trend a pipedream
  • Pluralistic Manipur & divergent forces
  • Remembering Guru Gourkishwor Sharma
  • Training on mushroom cultivation : Gallery
  • What if TB, HIV medicines stop working?
  • NPF Women Wing Co-ordination meeting
  • World Children's Day
  • Pure passion :: Poem
  • Emergence of NPP in region's politics
  • Taking NE on board
  • Trekking @ Mount Koubru #2 : Gallery
  • Healthcare not handcuffs
  • Asymmetrical Federalism in North-East
  • Dr Konica Khuraijam- Best Educator-2021
  • Webinar : Relations betn India &SE Asia
  • Career as a Product Manager
  • Starting & ending with economic blockade!
  • ST : Renewed campaign & Govt's silence
  • Exposure visit to Kwatha by MTU
  • COVID-19 Status 21 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Sustainable Development at Noney
  • Nine Hills One Valley : World premier
  • Rs 3,30,000/- as assistance to journalists
  • Taj by night!
  • Boost for local handloom & handicraft
  • Drug smuggling from/through Manipur
  • Ningol Chakouba Shopping #2 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 20 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • 'AirOThon' for Manipur & Sikkim
  • Environment & antimicrobial resistance
  • A lone night traveller :: Poem
  • Central Govt finally bows to kisans
  • Mera Houchongba @ Kangla #3 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 19 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Improving public transport will reduce pollution
  • Nutrition- Tool for resilience in COVID
  • Take a relook at NEET
  • Glorifying toothless ILP system in state
  • Lapses in ILPS: Complete let-down
  • Cultural Fest @Changangei #2: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 18 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Child Development Manager @ MaolKeki
  • Irujdn hEbi tEbi lMdM :: Seireng
  • The Killing Fields (2013-21) :: News Timeline
  • Is "to be like a girl" an insult?
  • Aloe vera for acne
  • Elections: Plentiful issues, solution minimal
  • Flawed education system & private tuition
  • National Press Day @DIPR : Gallery
  • Book review of Ikigai
  • Free Filmmaking Workshop at Guwahati
  • World Piles Day Colorectal Cancer
  • Diwali with a void
  • Heartache for loyal BJP ticket seekers
  • MPSC: Time for complete overhaul
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Delhi : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 16 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Erol Meerol Eigi Choirol
  • Ningol Chakouba organized at Delhi
  • The bare truth-the only truth :: Poem
  • Scientific freshwater prawn culture in NE
  • Equal footing for tribal population
  • Violence and conflict situation
  • Did Tribes Fight for Freedom of our Nation
  • COVID-19 Status 15 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Consultation: Protection of Rivers, Leimatak
  • Dr Naorem Bidyasagar- Bal Sahitya Puraskar
  • World Diabetes Day 2021
  • Padma awards now are more peoples' award
  • Bloodshed amid peace in state narrative
  • NE & Delhi: Bridging policy disconnect
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Thanga : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 14 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Nupana Khutlingba Samajda 'Nupa'
  • Through Her Eyes : Peace Festival of NE
  • Webinar on US Medical Licensing Exam
  • GMOs, is it a Yes or No?
  • Sobbing in solitude
  • Lesson learnt from ABP News-Cvoter survey
  • Glasgow Climate Pact, a step forward?
  • Ningol Chakkouba: origin & significance
  • COVID-19 Status 13 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Exhibition on Judicial Establishments
  • My namesake
  • Kidney patient must take fistula seriously
  • What to see & what to do at Kangla Fort
  • COVID-19 Status 12 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Meetei tribe bears more tribal characters..
  • Scholarship payment for OBC & SC students
  • Do you know ? :: Poem
  • COVAXIN data published in The Lancet
  • Disturbing vaccine hesitancy trend
  • Chinese village in Arunachal Pradesh
  • Online Teaching in a Pandemic World
  • COVID-19 Status 11 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • State Level Moot-Court Competition
  • Ecological task force in Manipur #2
  • Makeup Competition - Lumiere 2021
  • Essential winter skin care tips
  • Inadequacy of women in decision making
  • Election under the shadow of Covid
  • Ningol Chakouba Shopping #1 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 10 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Legal Services / Commendation Ceremony
  • Handloom & Handicraft of NE in Kolkata
  • Upcoming election: View on social auditing
  • Organic Farming
  • Task cut out for school, college
  • Rise of drug mafias: An impending challenge
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Itanagar : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 09 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Ningol Chakouba organized at Arunachal
  • Resolution: Climate Change in Manipur
  • Consultation on Climate Change in Manipur
  • Firecracker hub of Sivakasi in TN
  • Season of turncoats
  • Of defection and Assembly election
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Pune : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 08 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Quarantine Center Tamnalai : e-premiered
  • Discussion :: Youth & Electoral Politics -II
  • Ningol Chakouba organized at Pune
  • A new jurisprudence for political prisoners
  • Private sector shaping healthcare landscape
  • Preparation to tackle Covid spread during poll
  • Ching-Tam Ningol Chakouba : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 07 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • The worth of my sweat :: Poem
  • Career in science for development
  • Despite India-China disputes, trade persist
  • Chronic shortage in fish production
  • The other parties too matter : NPP & NPF
  • Ningol Chakouba Fish Fair : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 06 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • The Mindless Race for Marks
  • Ecological task force in Manipur #1
  • Plastic is a blessing in disguise
  • Ningols on way to her mapam: Gallery
  • Essence of Ningol Chakkouba
  • Kang Tournament @Pishum #2 : Gallery
  • Kwak Tanba @Sana Konung #3 : Gallery
  • Unity Ride @ Khoupum, Noney : Gallery
  • Loktak & Imphal Valley Landscape: Gallery
  • Mera Houchongba @ Kangla #2 : Gallery
  • ZMlgdr AEKoIn :: Seireng
  • Bor khoiramnaba @Hiyangthang #3 : Gallery
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Mera Houchongba @ Kangla #1 : Gallery
  • Abonmai: Shutdown- 4 Oct #3: Gallery
  • Bishwamitra Chongtham - Boxing: Gallery
  • Saikhom Mirabai: Olympics #2: Gallery
  • Manipur Olympians reception : Gallery
  • Mary Kom reception- Aug 20: Gallery
  • Hijam Gourashyam : Manipur Sahitya
  • Sushila Likmabam reception- Aug 18: Gallery
  • S Nilakanta / P Sushila [Aug 11] #2 : Gallery
  • S Nilakanta / P Sushila [Aug 11] #1 : Gallery
  • Mirabai felicitated truck drivers: Gallery
  • Saikhom Mirabai @Imphal #3: Gallery
  • Saikhom Mirabai @Imphal #2: Gallery
  • Saikhom Mirabai @ Kakching: Gallery
  • Shanglakpam Nilakanta: Olympics #2: Gallery
  • Sushila Pukhrambam :: Olympics : Gallery
  • Saikhom Mirabai : Tokyo Olympics 2020
  • Pukhrambam Sushila : Tokyo Olympics Dream
  • Sushila Likmabam: Olympics Dream: Gallery