Indian weightlifters return from Uzbekistan

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

The Indian weightlifting team has returned with a rich haul of 38 medals, including 8 golds, from the Asian Championships in Uzbekistan.

Indian weightlifters return from Uzbekistan

New Delhi:

The Indian weightlifting team has returned with a rich haul of 38 medals, including 8 golds, from the Asian Championships in Uzbekistan. Fifteen-year-old Prameelavalli won three golds in the sub-junior category and then added two silver medals and a bronze from the junior category. She insists that the lessons of India's past doping fiascos have been well learnt. "Some seniors have made some mistakes, due to which India got a bad name. We were banned from international weightlifting for a year. Now we don't want to repeat such mistakes," said Prameelavalli. "Our Federation has been telling us to keep away from it. And we also know that drug-abuse is bad for us at a physical level," she added. Complete makeover A total of six Indian weightlifters have failed dope tests in the last three years. Not surprisingly, the federation wants a complete makeover for the image of the sport. Apart from ordering new equipment, they've also introduced Ayurvedic food supplements so that the lifters can resist the temptation of steroids and drugs. "It's a question of counselling them, changing their mindset and putting penal provisions. If they're caught, they can't do any more weightlifting in India ever. So we've had to take harsh measures," said H J Dora, President, IWF. Quite fittingly, it is the women who've cornered most of the glory by winning the sub-junior team championship and finishing runners-up in the juniors. Eager not to repeat the mistakes of the Pratima Kumaris and Kunjarani Devis, they are looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and the Asiad next year.

Topics : Athletics Weightlifting
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