Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju posing for a group photograph with the athletes who won medals for India at Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship in Apia. Image credit - Twitter

Union minister of state (independent charge) for youth affairs and sports Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday congratulated the athletes who brought laurels to India in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships held in Samon’s Apia.

Indian weightlifters including three from Assam returned to the country after bagging a total of 35 medals in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships.

He also spent time talking to the athletes besides lauding them for their performances.

Also read: Assam weightlifters win gold, silver in Commonwealth Weightlifting C’ships

India had secured first position in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship with a rich tally of 35 medals in the junior, senior and youth categories.

Expressing his delight on the achievement of India in the international weightlifting competition, Rijiju stated on his official Twitter handle: “India secured 1st position and gave the best ever performance in the #Commonwealth #Weightlifting Championship. I’m extremely delighted to receive and meet the Indian athletes who just returned from Samoa”.

Also read: Assam’s Papul Changmai wins silver in Commonwealth Weightlifting C’ships

While talking to media persons in New Delhi, Rijiju stated that India has the ability to become a weightlifting powerhouse in the coming days.

He also stated that India also has the full potential to compete with weightlifting champions such as China and Korea.

The 2019 Commonwealth Senior, Junior and Youth Weightlifting Championships was held from July 5 to July 15 at Apia in Samoa.

The Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships is held separately for men and women.

This year, a total of nine men and eight women of India participated in the junior category of the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships.

For the senior category of the international weightlifting competition, nine men and nine women of the country participated.

A total of five men and three women of the country participated in the youth category of Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships.

Assam weightlifters Bornali Borah and Rekhamoni Gogoi brought laurels to Assam and the country by bagging gold and silver medal respectively at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in Apia.

Assam’s another weightlifter Papul Changmai won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in the 81 kg senior category.

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