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Indian weightlifting contingent happy with Games Village

india Updated: Sep 27, 2010 19:45 IST
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Commonwealth Games Village

Among the first to check in the much-criticised Commonwealth Games Village, Indian weightlifting contingent today gave thumbs up to the facilities there, saying that they are satisfied with the security and cleanliness in the sprawling campus.

"We are staying at tower number 29. We are satisfied with the facilities and the security. Don't know about other team's complaint," coach Harnam Singh said.

Gold medal prospect in men's 69kg, K Ravi Kumar said the negative reports about the unhygienic conditions at the Games Village were much exaggerated.

"Whatever we have heard during our training in Patiala they are not even 10 per cent true. The cleaning process is continuing and we hope it will be perfect very soon. We still
find some water while going for training but we have no complaint about the facilities," said Ravi Kumar who is ranked number one in Commonwealth rankings in men's 69kg.

Ravi Kumar said lifters from Canada, Cyprus and Malaysia would be tough competitors in the lightweight category.

Harnam said the weightlifting doping controversy has been forgotten and he is hoping that India will get 10-12 medals, including four gold.

"The doping controversy before the CWG are behind us now and the team is well prepared and the federation have assured us full cooperation," he said.

"We are a 15-member team, eight boys and seven girls and we are expecting at least 10-12 medals. We expect gold medals from Ravi Kumar in men's 69kg section, Sonia Chanu (women's
48Kg), Renu Bala (women's 58kg) and Monika Devi (women's 75kg)" he added.

The Indian weightlifters were saved from missing the Games with the Organising Committee doling out Rs 1.77 crore for the national body to pay two installments of a hefty USD 5
lakh dope fine to the international federation before August 31 deadline.

Six Indian weightlifters had tested positive for banned drugs last year, which attracted the hefty fine.

The Indian lifters had contributed nine medals -- three gold, five silver and a bronze -- to the country's total of 49 in the 2006 Commonwealth Games.