The Indian weightlifting team expected a tally of at least 10 medals at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, but could manage eight with just a couple of gold. National coach Harnaam Singh feels that an area where the Indians need to improve is not the technical aspect but the body strength as the competition at the Asian Games next month will be even tougher.
"We were very confident of winning at least 10 medals in the Delhi Games and missed a few because we could not lift a little more weight than our opponents as we lacked in body strength," said Singh.
For improving the body strength of the players, the coach said that focus was on exercises, more than just lifting weights at the ongoing camp in Patiala. "Now we exercise a little more and will continue the same programme for the next fortnight before the competition in China begins as we are good in the technical aspects of the game," added Singh.
Before the Commonwealth Gamers, players like gold-medallist K Ravi Kumar and some others were a little concerned about their performance in snatch. While Ravi did well, a few others faltered.
"Our players faltered in snatch but such situations arise during competition. One just has to keep his nerves in control and I am sure we are going to improve on that aspect too."
About the competition in the Asian Games Singh said, "I expect the competition to be a lot tougher than what we faced in Delhi as countries like China, Uzbekistan and some others are really good."
"While all our players are in good form, Ravi Kumar and Sarabjit Singh in men's and Renu Bala Chanu in the women's section are the ones I am confident of getting a medal."