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Lifters unhappy with the kits

Preparations of Indian lifters, eyeing to get a bagful of medals to erase the recent dope shame, have been seriously affected by faulty kits provided to them by the Games Organising Committee.

india Updated: Oct 04, 2010 16:59 IST

Preparations of Indian lifters, eyeing to get a bagful of medals to erase the recent dope shame, have been seriously affected by faulty kits provided to them by the Games Organising Committee.

Manager of the national Weightlifting team Srinivas Rao said the kits provided to the team were of "sub-standard" nature and that he has been "running from pillar to post" to get them replaced, but in vain.

"The kit issue is affecting us. Both ceremonial and playing kits are certainly sub-standard... We are running from pillar to post for replacement of the kits. But nobody is listening," manager of the Weightlifting team Srinivas Rao said.

He said the whole team was unhappy with the kits and the preparations have been affected.

Terming it as a "major issue", national weightlifting chief coach Harnam Singh said even the shoes provided to the team are not of proper size.

"There are some problems in the kits. Even the ceremonial kits are not good. Even the shoes are not proper. We are giving one size, they are giving us another size. Even trouser, T-shirts are not of proper size," said Singh.

"It is a major issue for my team. All my children are crying. They are going to participate in such a mega event without having proper blazers and shoes...We will not use them. They are not using the shoes," he said.

However, the coach said the team, comprising seven boys and eight girls, is in very good shape and are set to win at least 10-12 medals.

"We are hoping to get 10 to 12 medals. We have some promising lifters among the girls as well as boys.

He said K Ravi Kumar (men's 69 kg) is set to win gold medal while Swati Singh (53 kg) and Renubala Chanu (58 kg) are sure to make India proud by winning gold medals.

The coach said Monika Devi (women's 77kg) has also potential to win a medal.

Asked about other facilities at the Games Village, he, however, gave a thumbs up to all other arrangements.

India won nine medals four years ago in Melbourne and with several of its top lifters in peak form, they are expected to do better than the last edition.

Commonwealth Games is one multi-sporting event in which Indian lifters have always done well in the absense of top countries like China, South Korea, Turkey, Russia and Central Asian countries.

India is considered as a weightlifting powerhouse in the Commonwealth having won 93 medals, including 33 gold since 1966 -- when it was known as British Empire and Commonwealth Games-- where the lifters took part for the first time.

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