The Manipuri weightlifter withdrawing from the Asian Games will be a huge loss for India as she being the favourite to win a gold medal in the event.
The Commonwealth gold medallist was suffering from lower back problem since May, but when the pain stopped last week she went to Mumbai for her treatment and began her weight training.
However, the weightlifter felt pain again prompting national coach Vijay Sharma to recommend to the IWLF that she withdraw to further avoid injury becoming more serious ahead of the Olympic qualifiers.
The World Championship, coming up in Ashgabat from November 1, will be the first Olympic qualifying event this year. (UNI)