Preparations almost done for Youth and Junior Asian Weightlifting C’ships: NWA

Lalitpur, July 21

Nepal Weightlifting Association said the preparations were almost done for the Youth and Junior Asian Weightlifting Championships slated for July 23-29 here at the Nepal Army Sports Complex.

“We have completed more than 70 per cent of works and the venue will be ready by Saturday,” said NWA Secretary Tilak Bahadur Raut, who has been given the responsibility of competition and training venues preparations. He informed that the competition venue was being prepared to meet the standard of International Weightlifting Federation.

“We maintained the height of platform for competition, kept screen boards and television scr

eens in the areas where they are required and also make it a full-fledged Information Technology based event,” Raut said.

Raut also informed that the association made slight modification for the placement of TV screens and in some other things at the main venue as per the suggestions of the Asian Weightlifting Federation’s representatives. The association was yet to prepare rooms for guests and referees at the competition venues.

“Since we have enough rooms at the venue, we will get the job done within few hours. We just need to decorate them,” said Raut. “All other important works for the championship have been completed and one can see a prepared venue by Saturday,” said Raut. A total 307 lifters, along with 50 coaches and 119 officials from 33 nations, will take part in the championships which will feature three categories — 19th Youth, 24th Women’s and 31st Junior.

Nepal will field 13 players, nine men and four women, in the championships which is the biggest event the NWA is organising in the country after it missed the chance to host the Senior Asian Weightlifting Championships in 2015 due to devastating earthquake.

The opening ceremony and the Asian Weightlifting Federation Congress will be held on Sunday, while the meetings of AWF Technical Committee, Medical Committee, Coaching and Research Committee, Commissions and the Executive Board are slated for Saturday. The verification of final entry will also be done on the same day.