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Mirabai Chanu to Direct seven-member Indian Group from Weightlifting World Championship

Last updated on September 9, 2019

Former winner Mirabai Chanu will direct a seven-member Indian group from the forthcoming Weightlifting World Championship to be held in Pattaya, Thailand out of September 18 to 27. The World Championship is a gold-level qualifying event for its 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

One of the men, Youth Olympic gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga (67kg) will create his World Championship debut. In any case, Commonwealth Championship gold medallist Ajay Singh (81kg) and national winner Achinta Sheuli (73) may also ply their trade.

“This our heart Olympic group. They need to take part in six qualifying events for Tokyo. So they’ll be those competing at the World Championship,” national trainer Vijay Sharma told PTI.

“We also have added some kids to the center group because we need them to get exposure. The more opportunities we contribute to the youth and juniors, the better educated our next lineup, our future is going to be,” he added.

India’s best medal hope is Mirabai, who won the gold at the 48kg category in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, United States. Mirabai, who overlooked the 2018 variant of this case, has made a powerful comeback in a lower back injury that had kept her out of action for almost nine months.

The 24-year-old had raised 82kg in catch and 110kg in clean and jerk to clinch the gold medal in the EGAT Cup at February in her fresh weight group of 49kg. From the Asian Weightlifting Championship, the diminutive Manipuri made her personal best of 199kg (86kg+113pound ) but missed the podium with a whisker, finishing fourth.

The eligibility process for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics relies upon the performances of this weightlifter in six occasions within a span of 18 months from which the four greatest results will probably be considered.