After a reasonably successful jaunt at the Commonwealth Games, Indian weightlifters will be expected to bag a rich haul at the Asian Games too.
India had bagged eight medals, including two gold, at Delhi 2010. Although they were expected to win more medals in the sport, it was a decent performance considering they were bogged down by doping controversies and had a few new entrants amongst them.
However national coach Harnam Singh says things will be tougher in Guangzhou.
“We are not expecting too much from the Asian Games. Asian Games are much tougher than the Commonwealth Games and keeping the current performance in mind we are expecting only two medals in the men's section and one in the women's section,” said national coach Harnam Singh.
K Ravi Kumar, who won a gold in the CWG, is India's best bet. He won gold in the 69kg weight category with a total lift of 321kg.
“Ravi is doing really well. He performed as per expectations in the Commonwealth Games and if we go by statistics, then he should win a medal in the Asian Games too. In the coaching camp he was lifting around 335kg, 14kg more than what got him gold in New Delhi,” said Harnam Singh.
“Other than Ravi, we are hoping Sarabjit Singh wins a medal in the 105kg category.
“He missed out at the CWG in the clean and jerk section, but now we have worked on it. Hopefully, he won't disappoint us,” the coach added.
Indian weightlifters came home empty-handed from the last two Asiad editions (Busan 2002 and Doha 2006). Even before that, there was nothing much to write about.