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Odisha to host IWLF National Weightlifting Championships

Bhubaneswar: Odisha will host the IWLF National Weightlifting Championships, 2021-22 for Men & Women under Youth, Junior & Senior Category from March 19.

Over 1300 athletes, support staff & technical officials from 30 states and UTs are expected to participate in this national Championships.

Indian Weightlifting Federation in association with Odisha Weightlifting Association with support from Sports and Youth Services Department will conduct the event from 19-31 March.

Competition will be held in 10 different Weight Categories for Youth (Boys & Girls), Junior & Seniors (Men & Women). 58 technical officials will be responsible for conducting the championship.

The competition will be the qualifier for 5th Edition of Khelo India Youth Games, 2022 which is scheduled to be held later this year. It will also be considered as a selection trial for the IWF Youth and Junior World Championships both for eligible lifters.

On hosting the IWLF National Championship, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Sports and Youth Services Department, R. Vineel Krishna, said, “Odisha has been hosting many international and national evets and we are delighted to host this National Weightlifting Championship here in Bhubaneswar that will see a mass congregation of weightlifters across categories. Officials of Sports and Youth Services Department are working closely with the Indian Weightlifting Federation and the Odisha Weightlifting Association to ensure the smooth and successful conduct of the event.”

President, Indian Weightlifting Federation, Sahdev Yadav shared, “I am very thankful to the Odisha Sports Department and KIIT University for coming forward to host and support the 2021 IWLF National Championship. This time we are conducting the National Championship together for all three age categories (Senior, Junior and Youth). We’re expecting over 1300 participants from 30 States. We want this mega event to be a celebration of the growing strength of Indian Weightlifting and that of sports in Odisha.”

The IWLF Weightlifting National Championships 2021-22 will be conducted in compliance with COVID protocol and will be held at Biju Patnaik Indoor Stadium and KIIT Deemed to be University.

Indian Weightlifting Federation will also  be conducting the International Category- I & II and National Category- I & II, Referee Examination on March 20, 2022.

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