Ravi to represent India in Asian Weightlifting Champ

Berhampur: Commonwealth Games gold-medallist K Ravi Kumar of Berhampur has been selected to represent India in the Asian Weightlifting Championship to be held in China from April 12.

"He is the only weightlifter from the country, selected by the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) to participate in the Asian Weightlifting Championship which will be held at Tongling, China from April 12 to 17," said vice president of IWF Narayan Sahu.

22-year-old Ravi had also won three gold medals in senior National weightlifting championships held at Bangalore on Friday.

Representing Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), Ravi won in clean, jerk and overall weight in the men`s 77-kg event. Ravi lifted a total of 306 kg (138, 168) in the event.

Sahu, who was also a former coach to Ravi, expressed confidence about his success in the Asian championship.

Ravi told PTI from Bangalore that he has already started preparing for his China tour.

"I am very much confident of winning gold in the Asian championship and I am practising regularly," he added.

Starting his career as a weightlifter from the Veer Hanuman Club here about seven years ago, he has established a brilliant track record with winning several gold medals at national and international events.

Ravi had also set a record in the men`s 69-kg category by lifting 321-kg in the last Commonwealth Games held at New Delhi in October last year.