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Mirabai can't compete at Asian Games: Nat'l coach tells IWF

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

World Champion Mirabai Chanu's participation at the appears doubtful with recommending that she must pull out of 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. The Olympic qualifiers event is approaching and that is more important than the Asian Games," Sharma told

When subsided last week, Mirabai travelled to to resume training and start mobility exercises.

Vijay said the returned yesterday and he doesn't want to risk aggravating the

The World Championship, scheduled to be held in from November 1, will be the first Olympic qualifying event this year.

"She is in constant touch with the federation. She was okay but felt slight yesterday in training. She stopped training but has resumed it again today," he added.

Doctors across the country were unable to diagnose the cause of

"It is a rare problem, the doctors say there might be small tear in the ligament. That is why the MRI's and CT scans are coming clean," Sharma said.

Meanwhile, said final decision on her participation will be made by Thursday.

One of the strongest contenders for gold medal in Jakarta, Chanu's absence will come as a huge setback for

In November 2017, the Manipuri, who participates in the 48 kg category, had clinched India's first gold at in 22 years after lifting 194kg (85kg+109kg) at Anaheim, USA.

She had bagged the gold at the CWG in April by lifting a personal best of 196kg (86kg+110kg), a national record.

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First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 18:15 IST
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