Trials to pick weightlifters for camp for Commonwealth Championship preparations in June

From our correspondent

KARACHI: Open trials to pick probable weightlifters for the camp for this year’s Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship will be held at Lahore from June 21-23.

“Yes we plan to hold open trials from June 21-23 for the event which also will serve as qualifiers for the 2021 Commonwealth Games,’ PWF secretary Amjad Amin Butt said in an interview with English daily The News. Singapore will host the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in October. “We will pick weightlifters in youth, juniors and seniors categories. We have a huge chance of winning more medals if we are able to send more weightlifters,” Butt said.

“Our plan is to hold the camp immediately after the trials. We also request the state to fully back us in our plan as we want to produce top results in the Singapore event,” Butt said. “Besides seniors we have a huge young lot, both in juniors and youth, and if we work hard on them at this level it can ensure a bright future for our game,” Butt said.

Currently Talha Talib, who recently lifted bronze in the Asian Championship in Uzbekistan, is the top seed in the Commonwealth region and his gold in the Singapore event is almost sure in the 67 kg. Similarly, Nooh Dastgir Butt, plays in heavyweight, has also a solid chance of a gold in Singapore.

“Yes Nooh is a top player. He was a bit unsettled due to injuries but now he is okay and hopefully he will be in top gear by then,” Butt said.

“We must field an extended lot in Singapore event which will help earn more seats in the Commonwealth Games where we can this time fight for the gold. Last time we had claimed two bronze in the Commonwealth Games in Australia. We want to improve our performance at that stage also,” Butt said.

Butt said that if resources are there and state extends its help then the federation would like to hold camps constantly until the 2023 South Asian Games which will be hosted by Pakistan in Punjab. “We want to keep our weightlifters in constant practice until the South Asian Games,” Butt said. Next year Commonwealth Games and Asian Games would be held.

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