The Indian weightlifting team en route to the Commonwealth Games, including Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Mirabai Chanu, will reach the host city of Birmingham a month early to acclimatize to the conditions and undergo a preparatory camp before the quadrennial event.
The CWG is due to take place from July 28 to August 8 in Birmingham, UK.
Indian lifters are awaiting visas and are expected to fly to the UK on June 20 or 21.
”The government has approved the preparatory camp. All reservations are made. We are just waiting for the visas,’ Indian Weightlifting Federation President Sahdev Yadav told PTI.
”The relievers will travel a month in advance. The exact date will be finalized after their visas arrive. Tentative travel dates are June 20 or 21,’ he added. Chanu, a two-time CWG medallist who won silver at Glasgow 2014 before winning gold four years later at the 2018 Gold Coast Games, has already begun her preparations for the event big budget.
The 27-year-old had completed a month-long training stint in the United States last month. However, others, including Youth Olympic Champion Jeremy Lalrinnunga, we cannot travel to the United States due to visa issues.
India is the power at the Commonwealth level. At CWG 2018, the Indians came away with nine medals – five gold, two silver and two bronze. Chanu to headline Khelo India’s inaugural National Weightlifting Ranking ================================= ====== ======== Before heading to Birmingham, Chanu will headline the inaugural edition of the Khelo India Youth, Junior and Senior Women’s National Weightlifting Championships to be held in Nagrota Bagwan, Himachal Pradesh from June 14 to 22. The tournament will help the IWLF maintain a strong national ranking system while providing additional competition for weightlifters nationwide.
The event will also help the federation select athletes for national camps and international events. ”This competition is part of the Khelo India program. It will be held four times a year,” Yadav told PTI.
“Based on the results, we will prepare the ranking list up to the top 15 lifters in each weight class, which will be uploaded to our website. ”Anyone will be able to access the leaderboard and it will clarify the selection process. Children will also have competition,” he added.
Along with Chanu, reigning world junior champion Harshada Garud and Commonwealth Games-related weightlifters including Asian champion Jhilli Dalabehera will take part in the event.
As an added incentive, the federation has also announced cash rewards for the top eight lifters, starting at Rs 20,000.
Indian Commonwealth Games Team ====================== Women: Mirabai Chanu (49kg), Bindyarani Devi (55kg), Popy Hazarika (59 kg), Harjinder Kaur (71kg), Punam Yadav (76kg), Usha Kumari (87kg) and Purnima Pandey (+87kg).
Men: Sanket Sagar (55kg), Gururaja Poojary (61kg), Jeremy Lalrinnunga (67kg), Achinta Sehuli (73kg), Ajay Singh (81kg), Vikas Thakur (96kg), Lovepreet Singh (109kg) and Gurdeep Singh (+109kg) .
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