Senior National Weightlifting Championship was held in Bangalore from March 23rd to 27th. Few of my gym clients and I went to the Championship on the 26th of March. The men’s 94 kilo category was a mouthwatering event of that day. It was followed my women’s weightlifting which kept us gaping, for women were snatching 70 kilos and above with quite an ease.
Manjith Singh of Jharkand was the man who won the 94 kilo category in snatch. The overall title (snatch and the clean and jerk) was won by Chandrakanth of the services. I was fortunate to film some of the lifts, as at this point of time in my weight training career I am eager to learn the snatch and adopt the lift into my training regime. After all these months of learning the snatch I still feel that I am scratching the surface; whereas, these champs who all had gathered in the Championship were executing the snatch just like it was their second nature. We should salute to the coaches who train these athletes.
Last but not the least, do you know the prize money given to the best lifter in the event? A mere 10,000 rupees. Do you know how many of them had turned up to watch the event? Perhaps 100 of them. I don’t know when the government is going to wake up from its deep slumber, for the disparity shown among sporting events is humongous. Why this blind eye towards other sporting events? It is high time the government and the people of India start encouraging other sporting events.
I hope you watch the adjoining video which shows the champs in action.