Tokyo Olympics: Good news as Mirabai Chanu returns to India, Silver medal could be upgraded to GOLD if weightlifter Zhihui Hou fails anti-doping test

Tokyo Olympics: Mirabai Chanu's Silver medal could be upgraded to GOLD if weightlifter Hou Zhihui fails anti-doping test at Tokyo Games

Tokyo Olympics: Mirabai Chanu’s Silver medal could be upgraded to Gold – Tokyo Olympics silver medallist in weightlifting Mirabai Chanu returned to India on Monday amid cheers from hundreds of fans at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Now, she hopes that her silver medal is upgraded to gold after the gold medallist in women’s 49-kg weightlifting category, Hou Zhihui is set to undergo a second dope test after authorities found discrepancies in analysis.

The Chinese weightlifter set a new Olympic record, lifting 210 kg in women’s 49kg weightlifting. But she will undergo another doping test 2 days after winning the medal at Tokyo Games.

Tokyo Olympics: According to a report by India Today, Hou Zhihui has been asked to undergo a doping test by Tokyo Olympics authorities as there is an adverse analytical finding. Although as per rules, an athlete must leave the Games Village within 3 days of his/her event finishes, she will stay back and will have to appear for several tests to find out the details. The anti-doping authorities will check if Zhihui was administered performance-enhancing medicines before the Tokyo Games.

It should be noted that all the medallists are mandatorily dope tested as per WADA and IOC norms. The same goes for Mirabai Chanu, who also had to undergo a mandatory dope test.

Tokyo Olympics: Notably, Zhihu set new Olympic records of 94 kg in snatch and then lifted 116kg in Clean and Jerk respectively.

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Tokyo Olympics: Good news as Mirabai Chanu returns to India, Silver medal could be upgraded to GOLD if weightlifter Zhihui Hou fails anti-doping test

Mirabai Chanu had opened India’s medals tally on Saturday as she bagged a silver in the Women’s 49kg category at Tokyo International Forum. Chanu lifted a total of 202 kg (87kg in snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk) during her four successful attempts across the competition.

Tokyo Olympics: Indonesia’s Windy Cantika Aisah grabbed bronze with a total of 194kg. With this monumental silver medal, Chanu became the second Indian weightlifter to win an Olympic medal after Karnam Malleswari bagged bronze in the 69kg category at the 2000 Sydney Games when the weightlifting arena was opened to women for the first time.

Meanwhile, Mirabai Chanu has reached India. She received a grand welcome on her return. The silver medallist underwent a mandatory RT-PCR test at the Delhi airport.

Tokyo Olympics: Good news as Mirabai Chanu returns to India, Silver medal could be upgraded to GOLD if weightlifter Zhihui Hou fails anti-doping test

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