Indian weightlifters will make their bid to gain a 2020 Olympic qualification at the 10-day Asian Weightlifting Championships in Ningbo, China starting today.
Former World and reigning Commonwealth Games champion Mirabai Chanu will be the biggest star of India's 12-member squad. Among male lifters, there will be hope riding on 16-year old Mizo teen Jeremy Lalrinnunga, who became India's first-ever gold medallist at the Youth Olympic Games last year. Commonwealth Games champion Satish Sivalingam, will also be expected to make a medal-winning comeback.
India's squad for Asian Weightlifting Championships includes following:
Men: Sathish Sivalingam (81 kg), Vikas Thakur (96 kg), Jeremy Lalrinnunga (67kg), Gurdeep Singh (101 kg), M Raja (61 kg), Pradeep Singh (102 kg), Achinta Sheuli (73 kg), Ajay Singh (81 kg).
Women: Mirabai Chanu (49 kg), Jhilli Dalabehera (55 kg), Swati (59kg), Rakhi Halder (64kg) (AIR NEWS)