Tokyo Olympic medallist Mirabai Chanu may have pulled out of the World Weightlifting Championships 2021, to be held from December 7 to 17 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, but India will still have a strong representation in former Youth Olympic champion Jeremy Lalrinnunga.
The Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships 2021, which acts as a qualifying event for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, will also be held concurrently in Tashkent. India, being a Commonwealth nation, will be competing in both.
Mirabai Chanu, who won the Tokyo Olympics silver medal in women’s 49kg, decided to withdraw from the events to devote more time to mastering a new snatch technique ahead of the Asian Games 2022.
Jhilli Dalabehera has been slotted in the former world champion’s place for the Tashkent meet.
In Mirabai Chanu’s absence 2018 Youth Olympics gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga will be the most recognisable face in a 19-member India team for the World Weightlifting Championships 2021.
Youngster Achinta Sheuli, who won silver at the junior world championship earlier this year, will also be competing.
National coach Vijay Sharma, a former Dronacharya awardee, will be in charge of the team in Tashkent.
Indian team for World Weightlifting Championships 2021 and Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships 2021
Men: Sanket Sargar (55kg), Guru Raja (61kg), Jeremy Lalrinnunga (67kg), Achinta Sheuli (73kg), Ajay Singh (81kg), Vikas Thakur (96kg), Jagdish Vishwakarma (96kg), Lovepreet Singh (109kg), Gurdeep Singh (+109kg)
Women: Jhili Dalabehera (49kg), S. Bindyarani Devi (55kg), Popy Hazarika (59kg), Komal Khan (64kg), Harjinder Kaur (71kg), Lalchhanhimi (71kg), Punam Yadav (76kg), R. Arockiya Alish (76kg), Anuradha Pavunraj (87kg), Purnima Pandey (+87kg)
To prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, the Uzbek government had enforced travel restrictions which created doubts over the World Weightlifting Championships 2021 and the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships.
The event, however, wasn’t cancelled after the authorities made exemptions for the weightlifters. A number of athletes, including the Chinese team, though, have pulled out owing to COVID concerns.
World Weightlifting Championships 2021 schedule for Indian weightlifters and live start times
All timings are in India Standard Time (IST)
Men’s 55kg – December 7, 2:30 PM IST onwards
Women’s 49kg – December 8, 1:30 PM IST onwards
Men’s 61kg – December 9, 11:00 AM IST onwards
Women’s 55kg - December 9, 1:30 PM IST onwards
Men’s 67kg - December 9, 11:00 AM IST onwards and December 10, 1:30 PM IST onwards
Men’s 73kg – December 10, 11:00 AM IST onwards
Women’s 59kg – December 11, 11:00 AM IST onwards
Women’s 64kg – December 12, 11:30 AM IST onwards
Women’s 71kg – December 13, 9:00 AM IST onwards
Men’s 96kg – December 13, 10:00 PM IST onwards and December 14, 9:00 AM IST onwards
Women’s 76kg - December 14, 11:30 AM IST onwards
Women’s 87kg – December 16, 11:00 AM IST onwards
Women’s +87kg – December 16, 11:00 AM IST onwards and December 17, 1:30 PM IST onwards
Men’s 109kg - December 16, 1:30 PM IST onwards
Men’s +109kg – December 17, 8:30 AM IST onwards
Where to watch World Weightlifting Championships 2021 live in India?
Live streaming of the World Weightlifting Championships 2021 live will be available on the International Weightlifting Federation’s (IWF) official Facebook page.
There will be no live telecast of the championships in India.