Imphal: Olympic Silver Medalist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu joined as the Additional Superintendent of Police (Sports) in the Manipur police department on January 15.
Taking to her Twitter handle the Olympic medallist said that it is a privilege to join the Manipur Police and expressed her gratitude to the state of Manipur and Chief Minister N.BirenSingh sir for allowing her to serve the country and its people.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu is an Indian weightlifter who won a silver medal in the Women's 49 kg event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Mirabai Chanu has won many World Championships and Commonwealth Games medals. The Indian government honoured her with the Padma Shri award for her contributions to sports. In 2018, the Government of India presented her with the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award.
Last year in July Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced that weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will be appointed as the state police department's Additional Superintendent of Police. She will also receive Rs 1 crore from the state government.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu received a monetary incentive of Rs 1.50 crore from the Uttar Pradesh government, delivered by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium in Lucknow says "I'm honoured to be treated with such deference. We've never received such praise before, so it's a proud occasion for us."
Recently Lovlina Borgohain, a champion boxer and bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, was also appointed as a deputy superintendent (DSP) in the Assam police department.
At a ceremony in Guwahati, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma awarded the 24-year-old boxing star with an employment letter. He promised her a stipend in addition to her pay, to cover training expenses. Sarma also stated that a road in Guwahati would be named after her in the near future.