Hit at National Games, flop in national camps

Hit at National Games, flop in national camps

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  • October 5, 2022
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Uttar Pradesh’s Purnima Pandey approached Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) president Sahdev Yadav after winning the +87kg gold medal today.

She wanted his blessings going forward. “My blessings are with all the players,” Yadav said. “What I want from you is to join the camp and not do anything wrong. You know what I mean,” he added.

Yadav’s reply hinted at the problem of doping, which has been hurting the sport for long. “We are fed up with this menace,” Yadav said. “Here they are making records and walking around with their chests puffed out. They beat our campers in such tournaments and then never give the same performance again. Someone should ask them and their coaches why they never do well out of the country and why they are not part of the core group or probable list for the 2024 Olympic Games,” he added.

Purnima won the gold medal with a combined total of 215kg. The 25-year-old was suspended for a doping violation in 2019, and has only returned to the sport after serving out the suspension. Kerala’s Ann Mariya won the silver with a total of 211kg, while Punjab’s Manpreet Kaur bagged the bronze medal with a total of 207kg.

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