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Olympics medallist Mirabai Chanu appeals to PM Modi, Amit Shah to restore peace in Manipur

Published at :July 20, 2023 at 4:50 PM
Modified at :July 20, 2023 at 5:02 PM
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She is currently training in the USA ahead of World Weightlifting Championships and Asian Games

Tokyo Olympics 2020 silver medallist Mirabai Chanu in the recent video posted in her social media handle, made an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to resolve the ongoing conflicts in Manipur.

The 27-year-old iterated, "The clashes in Manipur have continued to move on for close to three months now. There hasn't been any conclusion or solution to the clash. Due to this several players are unable to train and on the other hand students studies are getting affected. Many people have lost their lives. My hometown is in Manipur but currently I'm in the USA, training for the upcoming World Weightlifting Championships and Hangzhou Asian Games. Although I'm not in Manipur, I am keenly observing as to when the problem will get resolved.

"I would like to appeal to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji, and Home Minister Amit Shah Ji, to resolve the matter soon and bring back peace to the state," she added.

Manipur has witnessed widespread violence since May this year and there doesn't seem to be any concrete solution to stop the issue. Several athletes from the state have come forward for the cause and even threatened to return back their medals to the government. Former India football captain Oinam Bembem Devi is one among the major athletes from Manipur who has vowed to return medals if peace is not restored soon in the state. 

Recently after the conclusion of SAFF championships 2023, Jeakson Singh was seen wrapping himself with a flag of Kangleipak or Salai Taret flag - flag representing Meitei ethnic groups. Furthermore, several people across various fields have come forward in support of Manipur to immediately bring back peace.