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Mirabai Chanu wins BBC Indian Sportswoman of The Year for 2022

Published on March 06, 2023
Current Context: Mirabai Chanu is a weightlifter from Manipur who won the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2022 in the 49 kg category. She also won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games 2018 and World Championships 2017. 
Mirabai Chanu wins BBC Indian Sportswoman of The Year for 2022
  • She has been awarded with BBC Indian Sportswoman of The Year for 2022 after a public vote. She is the first person to win this award twice in a row.
  • She started weightlifting by carrying firewood as a child and trained under her coach Kunjarani Devi. She overcame many challenges such as poverty, injury and lack of facilities to achieve her dream of becoming an Olympic medallist.
  • She is an inspiration for many young girls who aspire to pursue sports as a career. She has also been honoured with Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award by the Indian government.
  • Mirabai Chanu has been suffering from a wrist injury that has affected her performance in recent competitions. She hurt her wrist during a training session in September 2022. She still managed to win a silver medal at the World Championships in December 2022 with a total lift of 200 kg.
  • She has decided to take a five-month break from weightlifting to work on strengthening her rotator cuff and shoulder. The injuries have been causing pain to her wrist and lower back during competitions. She hopes to recover fully and return to action soon.
  • She has shown great courage and determination to overcome her injury and achieve success at the international level.


Q.1 How many times has Mirabai Chanu won BBC Indian Sportswoman of The Year award? 
a. Once 
b. Twice 
c. Thrice 
d. Four times
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