Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday congratulated Weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu for her stupendous achievement of bagging the Silver medal for India in the 49 Kg category at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 thus opening the medal tally for the country.
Earlier, the Chief Minister tweeted, "Our first medal! Congratulations to Saikhom Mirabai Chanu for winning Silver at Tokyo Olympics with a combined lift of 202 kg in women's 49 kg weightlifting event. India is super proud of your accomplishment."
Meanwhile, Captain Amarinder Singh also congratulated her Assistant Coach Sandeep Kumar under whose constant guidance, Mirabai Chanu honed her skills to perfection thus bringing laurels for the country.
Notably, Assistant Coach Sandeep Kumar hails from village Bara in Jalandhar district and had participated in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics besides 1998 Commonwealth Games held in Qualalumpur (Malaysia) winning Bronze medal (69 Kg category) in the latter event.
He is serving with the Punjab Police as Inspector and is at present posted at Sports Centre in PAP Jalandhar.
"Could not have asked for a happier start to Tokyo 2020! India is elated by Mirabai Chanu’s stupendous performance. Congratulations to her for winning the Silver medal in weightlifting. Her success motivates every Indian," wrote PM Narendra Modi.