The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is trying hard to play down the disqualification of the three lifters at the second Youth Asian Games in Nanjing, China, for being overage.
Despite the fact that two of the three lifters were suspended on Saturday, as per the rules of the
organising committee, IWF chief, BP Baishya, said he was yet to receive information on the issue. “I can’t comment on the subject as I have no documents with me. Moreover, I am yet to hear from the federation officials in Nanjing,” he told HT.
Chandrika Tarafdar, participating in the women’s 48kg category, was disqualified on Saturday, the opening day of the weightlifting competition. Akshay Bhagwan (men’s 62kg) was the second lifter to be shown the door. Joti Mal (women’s 53kg) wasn’t allowed to compete on Monday.
The Games’ organising committee’s website had disqualified marked against the names of the three Indians’, who are participating under the Independent Olympic Athletes’ banner, as the IOC is yet to revoke the ban on the IOA. As per the website, the three lifters were born in 1996, while the cut-off date for the August 13-24 event is 1997.
The issue has hit the Indian contingent hard here as 17 athletes were barred from participating. The controversy has prompted the ministry to conduct an inquiry while SAI director general, Jiji Thomas, has said that the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) would be asked to repay the expenditure incurred on the athletes’ travel.