No Mirabai at Asian Games as doctors can’t diagnose pain cause

Reigning CWG champ is struggling with an unidentified lower-back problem.

New Delhi: World Champion Mirabai Chanu’s participation at the Asian Games appears doubtful with India chief coach Vijay Sharma recommending that she must pull out of Jakarta event to be fit for the Olympic qualifiers, later this year.

The reigning CWG champion is struggling with an unidentified lower-back problem since May and is yet to begin full-fledged weight training. “I have submitted a report to the federation. Now they have to take a decision. I am of the opinion that in such less time it’s not good to take heavy load,” Sharma said.

When pain subsided last week, Mirabai travelled to Mumbai to resume training and start mobility exercises. Vijay said the pain returned on Sunday and he doesn’t want to risk aggravating the injury. Doctors across the country were unable to diagnose the cause of pain in the weightlifter’s back.

(With inputs from PTI)

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