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India lift gold, bronze in the South Asian Games

After making a last-minute entry into the South Asian Games in Dhaka – due to sanctions imposed by the International Weightlifting Federation – Omkar Otari and Rustam Sarang proved they weren’t there just to make up the numbers.
In the 62-kg category, Otari won the gold while Sarang brought home the bronze medal at the National Sport Gymnasium in Dhaka on Sunday. Pakistan’s Mohammad Istiaq Ghafoor claimed the silver medal. A proud Sahdev Yadav, who is secretary-general of the IWF, said this was just the beginning and his squad would win in all categories they take part in.

“It’s a welcome relief. We have been in the news for the wrong
reasons for sometime now. This will restore some pride,” Yadav told DNA.

The trio lifted 258kgs each but Omkar, who weighs 61.30kg, topped on the basis of his bodyweight.