Imphal, April 27: A three-day long powerlifting competition has been organised in Imphal to promote the game among youth of the country.
The competition began on Saturday and saw participation of 200 competitors from Mizoram, Assam, Jharkand, West Bengal, Aruchal Pradesh and host Manipur.
“Every year Indian Powerlifting Federation organises zol championships, east, west, north and south. Eastern India is our yearly calendar. This time we are hosting it atImphal, Manipur. Last year, it was held at Pat. So every year, change of place is necessary to popularise the sport among young stars,” said Subrata Dutta, a representative of Indian Powerlifting Federation.
Many women have participated in this event. Many have come with hopes of giving their best and go back home with a medal. “The competition is tough here as the participants are very good. Everybody is giving the best,” she said, adding “I just want to perform well and learn something,” said Debojani Sunoval, a competitor. Competitors also said that they learnt a lot from other players at the event and such events must happen on regular basis.
Intertiol referees were called to conduct the competition. The championship is organised by the Manipur Powerlifting Association and will culmite on Sunday.