Commonwealth Games 2022: Weightlifting coach Vijay Sharma positive about India’s chances in Birmingham
CWG 2022: The likes of Mirabai Chanu, the Tokyo Olympics medallist, and a number of other weightlifters are set to ply their trade in the mega event.
Mirabai Chanu of India. Courtesy: Reuters
- India have a 15-member weightlifting contingent for CWG 2022
- India won 9 weightlifting medals in CWG at Gold Coast
- Sharma wants the weightlifters to prepare for the Paris Olympics
National weightlifting coach Vijay Sharma has backed the Indian weightlifting contingent to perform well in the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. The likes of Mirabai Chanu, the Tokyo Olympics medallist, and a number of other weightlifters are set to ply their trade in the mega event.
Sharma, who was credited for Chanu’s incredible showing in the Olympics last year, sounded upbeat about India’s 15-member weightlifting contingent at CWG. Sharma, who has also won the Dronacharya award, said that he wants the wrestlers to prepare for the Paris Olympics two years later.
“A lot of new faces are there this time. You have Sanket (Sargar), Jeremy (Lalrinnunga), Achinta (Sheuli), Lovepreet (Singh), Gurdeep (Singh), Bindyarani (Devi), Popy (Hazarika) and Purnima (Pandey) who are immensely talented.
“These are your future stars and, one day, will go on to represent the country at the Olympics. My endeavour is to prepare a strong team for the future and the Birmingham CWG is just the start. I am confident of a good showing from all of them,” Sharma was quoted as saying to TOI.
Sharma understood the fact that one can’t afford to let one’s guard down on the way to the Paris Olympics in 2024.
“The qualification cycle for the Paris Olympics will start with the World Championships in December this year. Every three months we need to participate in a competition sometimes it could be two (events). The participation in six qualifying events are compulsory in the qualification cycle.
“The rankings will be decided based on how a weightlifter has fared in these six qualifiers. So, the effort is to maximise our chances for Paris and prepare a strong talent pool,” he added.
Sharma was also of the opinion that India would surpass their medal tally from the CWG in Gold Coast. Back in 2018, India won nine medals in weightlifting.
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