Nepal Weightlifting Association (NWA) is preparing for the biggest tournament in its history with the Senior Asian Women’s and Men’s Weightlifting Tournament scheduled to be held from July 22-30 in Kathmandu.
Organizing a press conference in Kathmandu on Sunday, NWA President Ratan Tandan informed that around 350 weightlifters from 30 to 35 Asian nations will take part in the tournament.
“Since Asia is the powerhouse of weightlifting, world champions and Olympic gold medalists will also take part in the tournament,” said Tandan, who expects world records to be broken during the tournament.
The tournament will feature seven weight categories in women’s sections with 21 golds, 21 silvers and 21 bronze medals on offer, while eight categories have been included in the men’s section with 24 golds, 24 silvers and 24 bronze medals up for grabs.
The women’s event includes competitions in 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg and 75kg and above weight categories, while the men’s event includes56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 77kg, 85kg, 94kg, 105kg and 105 kg and above categories. The tournament will be held at the Army Physical Training and Sports Complex, Lagankhel. The Sports Science Academy at Satdobato will serve as trainings venue for the lifters, according to the organizers.
NWA expects the tournament to cost Rs 14.212 million, which will be collected from players’ registration (10 percent), sponsors and advertisements (45 percent) and National Sports Council (45 percent).
Tandan also informed that the association is also bringing equipment worth US$ 86,000 from a Chinese company ZKC.
“International Weightlifting Federation has provided US$ 7,500, Asian Weightlifting Federation US$ 10,000 and AWF’s President USD 5,000 while the ZKC provided donations worth US$ 43,500. NSC also provided US$ 20,000 USD for the equipment,” Tandan said.
Meanwhile, NWA General Secretary Parth Sarathi Sen Gupta said that the tournament will help to boost the prestige of the country.
“We will also be able to organize World Junior Weightlifting Tournament in 2018, if we successfully organize the event,” he added. Gupta claimed that all preliminary preparations for the event have been completed. He said Nepal’s participation in the tournament will help the weightlifters enhance their performance and give them exposure.
“The tournament will be beneficial and will provide the best platform for Nepali weightlifters as they will be motivated to participate in the world championship and other international events,” he opined.
Likewise, NSC Member Secretary Yuvaraj Lama believed that organizing international tournaments will provide opportunities to develop the game in the country and encourage players to be serious about their games.
“Organizing international tournament is the basic requirement for the structural development of any game and I have always been motivating all the associations to organize international events in the country,” he said.