Asian Junior and Youth Championships in Kathmandu, NEP
The Asian Junior and Youth Championships in Kathmandu, Nepal took place on 21-29 July, 2017. A total of 241 competitors from 38 Asian countries participated in the combined 19th Youth, 24th Junior Women’s and 31st Junior Men’s Championships.
“The participation of 38 countries is also a record and I am happy that the Nepal Weightlifting Association (NWA) hosted all the delegates without any problem,” Dr. Ajan, IWF President, visiting the event, said. “Hats off to NWA President Ratan Tandon, General Secretary Parth Sarathi Sengupta and the whole NWA team. They have done a lot of hard work for the championships”.
Thailand’s Teerapat Chomchuen set new world record in the Youth and Junior Asian Weightlifting Championships at the Nepal Army Sports Complex. Chomchuen lifted 127kg in Clean and Jerk to set a new mark in the Youth age group. Ormila Devi Konsam of India lifted a total of 127kg – 55kg in Snatch and 72kg in Clean and Jerk to win 44kg category gold Medal for Youth. Vietnamese athletes pocketed three gold Medals. Nepali weightlifters improved personal records –Prakash KC has set new Junior National Record in men’s 69kg bodyweight category, when he lifted 100 kg in Snatch and 132kg in the Clean and Jerk. “Now my aim is to win medal in South Asian Games. For that I will continue the training and hard work as SAG is very tough event to bag a medal” added by Prakash.
Nepal Weightlifting Association President Ratan Kumar Tandon said: “I was planning to bring an international event to Nepal soon after I was elected as President to help boost and motivate Nepali weightlifters. “ He added “This event will definitely help our development”
The IWF was fully satisfied with the preparation of Nepal in hosting the Youth and Junior Asian Weightlfiting Championships. “Nepal made history with this event, which was the biggest so far hosted by NWA in Nepali sports and I am satisfied with the way the Association managed to organise the competition in their first attempt,” said Dr. Tamas Ajan .
The IWF is keen on improving the standard of weightlifting across the globe. “With 192 member countries in five continents and participation in Olympic Games since 1896, weightlifting is a strong sport. We are working hard to develop the sport and to make it even more attractive” Dr. Ajan said. The IWF donated equipment to Nepal, while the Asian Weightlifting Federation provided extra financial support for the event.