NEW DELHI, Sept 9: Former champion Mirabai Chanu will lead a seven-member Indian team in the upcoming Weightlifting World Championship to be held in Pattaya, Thailand from September 18 to 27.
The World Championship is a gold-level qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The squad, which is already training in Thailand, has four women and three men lifters.
The quartet of Mirabai (49kg), Commonwealth Championship gold medallist Jhilli Dalabehera (45kg), Sneha Soren (55kg) and Rakhi Halder (64kg) will represent India in the women’s events.
Among men, Youth Olympic gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga (67kg) will make his World Championship debut.
Besides, Commonwealth Championship gold medallist Ajay Singh (81kg) and national champion Achinta Sheuli (73) will also ply their trade.
“This is our core Olympic group. They have to participate in six qualifying events for Tokyo. So they will be the ones competing in the World Championship,” national coach Vijay Sharma told PTI. “We have also added some youngsters to the core group because we want them to get exposure. The more chances we give to the youth and juniors, the better prepared our second line, our future will be,” he added.
Men: Jeremy Lalrinnunga (67kg), Achinta Sheuli (73 kg), Ajay Singh (81 kg). Women: Mirabai Chanu (49 kg), Jhilli Dalabehera (45 kg), Sneha Soren (55kg), Rakhi Halder (64kg). – PTI