New Delhi: Weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will not participate in the Asian Games.
She had written a letter to Indian Weightlifting Federation requesting them to give her rest as she is not currently fit, owing to a backache, and wants to prepare for Olympics qualifier.
Confirming the news, International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Secretary General Sehdev Yadav said, "Yes, she is not going to participate in the Asian Games and I am going to send an official mail to the government by afternoon."
The 23-year-old Manipuri weightlifter's absence from the upcoming Asian Games will come as a huge setback for India, as she was considered as one of the strongest contenders for a gold medal in the event.
The Asian Games are scheduled to be held from August 18 to September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.