India to host international weightlifting event for first time

New Delhi: For the first time in the history of weightlifting, an individual international tournament will be organised in India when it hosts the Commonwealth Youth, Junior and Senior Weightlifting Championships in Pune from October 11-15.

India will field 40 weightlifters — 11 youth (boys & girls), 16 junior (men & women) and 13 senior (men & women) — in the Commonwealth Championships.

Meanwhile, five weightlifters will take part in the 26th Women & 45th Men Senior Asian Weightlifting Championships to be held in Phuket, Thailand from September 3 to 12.

Another two weightlifters will represent India in the 5th Commonwealth Youth Games to be held at Apia, Samoa from September 3-12.

The Squads:

For 26th Women & 45th Men Senior Asian Championship: S Mohana Sundaram (56kg), Vikas Thakur (85kg), Md. Jameer Hussain (94kg), Praful Kumar Dubey (105kg), Bangaru Usha (48kg).

Coaches: Kunjarani Devi, Sandip Kumar and Dathan AP.

For 5th Commonwealth Youth Games: Jamjang Deru (56kg), Deepak Lather (62kg). Coach: Vijay Sharma.