In a much lively and conventional way, the Asian Powerlifting Championship 2012 commenced today at Hotel Inder Residency, Udaipur. Around 270 athletes from 18 Asian nations are participating in this 6 day sporting action hosted under the banner of Asian Powerlifting Federation (APF).
Mangilal Garasia, Minister of Youth and Sports, Government of Rajasthan inaugurated the Asian Powerlifting Championship by cutting the ribbon, while the district chief, Madhu Mehta lighted the lamp as a traditional and cultural symbol of starting any event.
Susumo Yashida, President APF and Suborto Datta, General Secretary IPF were also present for the inaugural function along with the officials of organizing committee including Lal Singh Jhala, Chairman, Rajesh Tiwari, President and other members.
A traditional dance show was equally enjoyed by all the athletes and their respective team members who danced with the artists on the stage which was followed by a contemporary dance show by professional body builders.
On the first day, competition of two different weight categories were conducted in both women and men sections. In women 43 & 47kg while in men 53 & 59kg squat, bench press and dead lift rounds were organized.
The teams of India, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Oman, Philippines, Japan and Indonesia were present on the stage while the teams of Mongolia, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Lebanon and Iran were not on the stage.
In the 43 kg weight category, India’s M.S. Akshaya won the Gold in the Sub-Junior category by lifting 187.5 kg. India again won Gold in the Junior category after K.B. Sumitra lifted 237.5 kg.
The Gold in the 47 kg weight category also went to India when Deepa lifted 200 kg under the Sub-Junior Category. The Gold for the Junior 47 kg weight category was successfully grabbed by Movlamova Sahragul of Turkmenistan as she lifted 300 kg.
At the time of publishing, the Men’s 53kg and 59kg competition was underway. Tomorrow, on 3rd May, the women’s 52 &57 Kg and Men’s 66 Kg competition will take place.Photos by Sayeed Ahmed