The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has selected 55 core probables for intensive training ahead of next years Commonwealth Games,leaving out some big names. The list does not include Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist in 48kg,Kunjarani Devi,and Monika Devi,who is fighting a case of dope charge in the Delhi High Court. Top 75kg lifter Shailaja Pujari,who returned from a two-year ban last year,was included in the list pending a dope test.
The intensive training will begin with a coaching camp of 25 lifters from March 26 to May 5 though it is subject to clearance by the sports ministry. At the end of the camp,15 lifters eight men and seven women will be chosen to take part in the Asian Senior Championships in Kazakhstan from May 9-16.
Criteria for selection
The 2010 CWG core probables,the Hungary campers and a preliminary list for the Asian Championships were finalised at a selection committee meeting in Patiala last week after trials were held from January 28 to 31 and March 7. Performance over the last five years,Commonwealth and Asian rankings,Sinclair rating,age of lifters,dope history,medal-winning potential in CWG 2010,flexibility of body weight were taken into account in the selection.
IWF general secretary Baldev Raj Gulati said barring exceptional cases,no more lifters were likely to be added to the 55 core probables which would be pruned down to 45 by the end of this year and to 30 at the end of June next year.
Those who did not participate in test trials,for whatever reason,have been excluded from consideration for Hungary coaching camp and Asian senior championships. You cannot claim your right to a berth in preference to those who are part of the coaching camp run by SAI and under direct supervision of the designated coaches with continuous monitoring on training routine and diet, he added.