The 2019 World Weightlifting Championships is one of the most anticipated major sporting events in September. India will also participate in this championship. So what can India expect from its athletes at the IWF World Championship in the Thai city of Pattaya?
In the history of weightlifting competitions, Indians have made their mark at the event with a few exceptions, such as Kunjarani Devi, Karnam Malleswari and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu. However, their recent performances on the international stage have made fans feel more optimistic.
The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) has formed a strong team of 10 members for the IWF World Championship. Names on the team include Jeremy Lalrinnunga, Jhilli Dalabehera, Mirabai and Vikas Thakur, while Sathish Sivalingam missed due to injuries he suffered at the 2018 Asian Games.
While India prides itself on a handful of experienced athletes, it also expects young athletes to take the challenge for the first time at the event in Pattaya to win unexpectedly.
Besides the young players who will hope to leave a lasting impression in the international arena, Mirabai will also participate in this major sporting event in Thailand. The 25-year-old athlete returned to the competition after a lower back injury that caused her to retire in 2018. The Indians returned at EGAT’s Cup earlier this year to win a gold medal. In her first event in the new category, Mirabai lifted a total of 192 kg (82 + 110) to win the title, nine more than the silver medal of Hiromi Miyake of Japan. She set a new record with a 199kg (86 + 113) lift at the Asian Championships in April but ended up losing the opportunity to stand on the prestigious podium because of her lower body weight.
Although there is no quota won at the IWF World Championship, the event in Pattaya can have a significant effect on athletes participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics according to the new qualification standard.
The IWF nomination championship is one of the major sporting events in September 2019
The qualification process for participation in Tokyo 2020 is based on the weightlifting competitions of six events over a 18-month period, of which the four best results will be considered.