Ravi Kumar to represent India in Asian Weightlifting C`ship

Berhampur (Orissa): Commonwealth Games gold medallist K Ravi Kumar has been selected to represent India in the Asian Weightlifting Championship, to be held in China from April 12.

"He is the only weightlifter from the country, selected by the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) to participate in the Asian Weightlifting Championship, which will be held at Tongling, China from April 12 to 17," said IWF vice president Narayan Sahu.

The 22-year-old from Berhampur, Orissa had also won three gold medals in senior National Weightlifting Championships, held in Bangalore on Friday.

Representing Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), Ravi won in clean, jerk and overall weight in men`s 77-kg event. Ravi lifted a total of 306 kg (138, 168) in the event. Sahu, who was also a former coach of Ravi, expressed confidence about his success in the Asian Championship.

Ravi said that he has already started preparing for the meet. "I am very much confident of winning gold in the Asian Championship and I am practising regularly," he said. Starting his career as a weightlifter from the Veer Hanuman Club here about seven years ago, he has established a brilliant track record by winning several gold medals at national and international events.

Ravi had also set a record in men`s 69-kg category by lifting 321-kg in the last Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.


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