STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

National campers to shift gear, likely to lift weights from next week

The International Olympic Council has already revised Olympic qualification system for the lifters.

Published: 09th June 2020 08:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th June 2020 08:07 AM   |  A+A-

Weightlifting

For representational purposes

Express News Service

CHENNAI: More than two weeks after they started training outdoor doing physical fitness and strength exercises at NIS Patiala, Indian lifters are expected to resume weightlifting training from Monday. A total of nine weightlifters — three women including Mirabai Chanu and six men — are stuck at the centre since the nationwide lockdown was clamped on March 25.

“The lifters have been divided into three batches with each batch comprising three athletes including a separate group of women. They have been training separately for one hour in the evening. The outdoor training including physical fitness and strengthening exercises started on May 27. Now they look in good shape to resume weightlifting training,” a source close to the campers said.

The Indian Weightlifting Federation in its standard operating procedure (SOP) recommended separate training platforms and personalised chalk bowls for each lifter. There are 16 training and one competition platform in Patiala.

According to a top IWLF official, training outdoor after being confined to their rooms for nearly two months has lifted their spirits. All they were able to do were routine exercises to stay fit.

Though IWLF secretary Sahadev Yadav refrained from elaborating much on the course of coaching. However, he said weightlifting and more intense training will depend on the coach’s report. “The lifters have started training outside, but everything depends on the how the coach sees the progress of the lifters,” he said.

The batch system will continue as it will help the weightlifters in complying with the social-distancing protocols and other norms issued by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in mid-May for resuming training for campers stranded at the centres.

It is understood that the centre has enough platforms to ensure the athletes follow the SAI’s SOP strictly, especially maintaining social distancing and hygiene. The athletes will continue to train in batches and if everything goes as per plan, they will have physical fitness session in the morning and weightlifting training in the evening from Monday.

The International Olympic Council has already revised Olympic qualification system for the lifters. The revised system will allow for a further qualification period, which will run from October 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021. Among the Indian weightlifters, Chanu has already made the Olympic cut.

More from Sport.
TAGS
IWLF SAI

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp