Panaji: When talking about sports in Manipur, the image of a fighting mother will come to mind first. She is Merry Kom. She is a legend in women’s boxing. Another mother’s struggle from Manipur will undoubtedly inspire everyone. She left her one and a half year old daughter at home. Leimapokpoom Sanatombi Chanu won his fourth gold by participating in the National Games in Wushu.
Sanatombi won her first gold at the National Games after giving birth to a daughter last year. In November last year, the baby girl was born. Sanatombi was back on the mat within six months. After that, Sanatombi won gold at the senior national camp last year in Patiala. He was not sent to the Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China. Sanatombi participated in the Kona International competition for the first time since 2019. After winning the gold, this veteran wushu player said, “Earlier I won silver in 2007, two golds in 2011 and gold in 2015. But this year’s Sonata is really special. I left my one and a half year old daughter at home. His father is also associated with other teams in national games.”
He also said, “After the delivery, I had to face a lot of problems in the beginning when I came to the training. But I had to start exercising little by little jogging. Then slowly start strength training. Within three months of my daughter’s birth, I competed in the National Championships in November last year. I wanted to win it to regain my confidence. I didn’t win gold there.”
Since her debut in 2007, the 34-year-old has dominated Wushu at the national level. From 2007 to 2009, he did a hat trick of winning gold three times in a row. He won silver in 2011. Since then, Sanatombi has been winning gold. Among the international tournaments, he won two golds in the South Asian Games in 2016. He also won bronze from the World Cup in 2016. He also won bronze at the 2017 BRICS Championship.
Sanatombi, who is working in the Manipur Police, wants to continue playing for a few more years. After that, he wants to spread his experience through coaching to the newcomers.
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