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I’ve no Olympics dream now: Mabia

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 30 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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National weightlifter Mabia Akhter Simanta said that she now has no dream of taking part in the Olympics after failing to participate in the last three editions of the meet.

“Misfortune continued to be by my side for the last three Olympics. I don’t know the reasons, but it broke me fully. I have no dream of taking part in the Paris Olympics now,” Mabia told The Daily Sun on Wednesday. 

“Even, I’m not confident enough for any Games right now. The Commonwealth Games selection will be made based on the ongoing national but I’m not sure if I can able to take part thereafter today’s performance,” she added.

Mabia earned gold in the women’s 64kg category by lifting a total of 170kg (75kg snatch + 95kg clean and jerk) on the third day of the ongoing National Weightlifting Competition.

The Ansar weightlifter, however, was nowhere near to her personal best records in snatch (80kg), clean and jerk (101kg) and total weight (181kg) that she achieved during the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games this year.

Mabia, who is unbeaten on the national stage since 2011 and booked her eighth consecutive national gold on Wednesday blamed mental block for her performance downfall.

“I have not performed to my potential today; just played for gold, gave no special effort for national records. I’m still in Olympic pain. Also, my three major injuries (in wrist and hand) are yet to be recovered,” she added.

Meanwhile, in the women’s 71kg category, Army’s Rokeya Sultana Sathi earned the gold medal with new national records in snatch 70kg, clean and jerk 90kg and total 160kg.

In the men’s 81kg, Ansar’s Sumon Chandra Roy earned a gold medal while his teammate Manoranjon Roy, who earned silver in this category, made a new national record in snatch -- 118kg.

In the men’s 89kg, Ansar’s Shakhawet Hossain Pranto earned the gold medal with a new national record in snatch 125kg.