Malaysian Weightlifting Federation aims for three gold medals at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games | Sports


Birmingham will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. ― Photo Reuters

JASIN, March 15 – The Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MWF) is targeting three gold medals among the seven lifters who have qualified for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held from July 28 to August 8.

MWF President Datuk Ayub Rahmat said this was based on the spirit shown by the new team, which was formed through a restructuring of coach and athlete education earlier this year.

“When the national team was disbanded last October (due to doping issues), we formed an ad hoc team, with three weightlifters sent to Uzbekistan, where two of them qualified to participate in the World Games. Commonwealth Five others were sent to a tournament in Singapore and they all qualified (for the Commonwealth Games) on merit.

“We are aiming for at least three gold medals via Mohamad Aniq Kasdan in the categories of 56 kilograms (kg), Muhammad Aznil Bidin (61 kg) and Muhammad Erry Hidayat (73 kg),” he said today. .

He said this during the launch of the 2022 National Junior, Junior and Senior Weightlifting Championships, which was chaired by the Chairman of the Melaka State Youth, Sports and Non-Governmental Organizations Development Committee, the Vice President Shanmugam at Jasin Alamanda Hall City Council here.

Ayub said the MWF is also committed to addressing the problem of doping among athletes by amending the federation’s constitution and drafting specific regulations, in addition to imposing tough action against those involved in doping.

He said the federation has also stipulated that every tournament, including the one in Melaka this time, must have urine tests to be carried out by the Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia (Adamas), in addition to carrying out periodic tests and unforeseen events in each training center so that to ensure that lifters stay clear of doping.

“The federation won’t chain them even if they have the potential because we want to show the lifters that besides excellence they also have to have a good reputation,” he said. — Bernama


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