State Powerlifting and Deadlifting championship was held here on Sunday in which many weightlifters from different districts participated.
The championship was held under the banner of Indian Powerlifting Federation (IPF) at Sea Rock Gym, Batamaloo where people had come in decent numbers to witness the clashes.
Burhan Ahmad won the first prize in 85kg weightlifting category, Kaiser finished second place and Sahil Khan from Batmaloo bagged third prize.
Participants from 10 different gyms of the valley battled for the championship which was keenly observed by the Judges drawn from different states of the India.
Senior National Coach and member of Uttar Pradesh Powerlifting Federation, Jeetender Paul Singh, Rizwan Khan and Mr. Kashmir, Waseem Khan were the Chief Guests on the occasion.
While talking to Rising Kashmir, Jeetender Paul Singh said, “The event is a state level event organized by IPF where more than 35 individuals participated from different districts. This is a great initiative by the organizer and this thing needs to be felicitated.”
Singh stated that sports like Cricket, Football or even Bodybuilding has been given a priority but powerlifting should also be given a chance as the sport is registered in Olympics as well.
“The sport will benefit players to a great extent and have a bright future and as far as response is concerned I am delighted seeing at the response, despite being a Hartaal participants from different districts have thronged in large numbers,” he said.
He further added that players who will leave an impression on him will be given special preference and will he will participate in national events in future.
Chairman Sea Rock Gym Parvez Ahmad said, “I took the initiative keeping in view the charm and demand of the sport, powerlifting and deadlifting is a huge sport everywhere and players here are equally capable of competing with them.”
He added that the sport has a great future and he hopes that the youth will took the sport as a profession in future and also hopes it to be a success ahead.
Kaiser Nabi, a participant told Rising Kashmir, “It has been a great event as the players have participated with desire and the response has been phenomenal. Also these types of events should take place on regular basis on both national and international levels.”
Sea Rock Gym award awarded for carrying on the proceedings.