CWG 2022: CWG just the beginning, preparing team for the future, says coach Vijay Sharma | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

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NEW DELHI: National bodybuilding coach Vijay Sharma is optimistic about India’s medal chances at CWG Birmingham. The famed trainer, credited with shaping the career of Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu, is expecting a rich medal haul from the country’s 15-member weightlifting contingent at the Games. Laureate Dronacharya watches the CTM as a testing ground to prepare a solid team for Paris 2024 and produce future Olympic champions.
“A lot of new faces are here this time. You have Sanket (Sargar), Jeremy (Lalrinnunga), Achinta (Sheuli), Lovepreet (Singh), Gurdeep (Singh), Bindyarani (Devi), Popy (Hazarika) and Purnima (Pandey) who are immensely talented. They are your future stars and one day they will represent the country at the Olympics. My goal is to prepare a strong team for the future and the Birmingham CWG is just the start. I am confident of a good performance from all of them,” Sharma told TOI from Birmingham.
“The qualification cycle for the Paris Olympics will begin with the World Championships in December this year. Every three months we have to participate in a competition… sometimes it can be two (events). Participation in six qualifying events is compulsory in the qualification cycle. The ranking will be decided based on a lifter’s performance in these six qualifications. So the effort is to maximize our chances for Paris and prepare a strong talent pool,” added the coach.
Sharma acknowledged that the competition will not be difficult for his lifters at the CWG and that the country will exceed its record of nine medals obtained in the last edition in Gold Coast.

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