KATHMANDU, Nov 21: Nepal will participate in the 25th World Powerlifting Championship 2020 to be held in Maharashtra in India from December 4 to 7.
Five athletes from Nepal -- four men and a woman --will take part in the competition, Nepal Powerlifting Association (NPA) informed journalists at a press conference in Pokhara on Saturday. The athletes participating in the event are Hasan Gurung (80 kg group), Rajesh Suwal (90 kg group), Sujan Ale (75 kg group), Aashish Ale (100 kg group) and Shruti Karki (55 kg group).
An eight-member team including the athletes, coaches and manager will leave for India for the championship on December 3, said NPA President Sundar Bhusal. Athletes from 25 countries including Nepal will participate in the championship, said Jiban Giri, vice-president of the Asian Powerlifting Federation.
Bhusal believes that it will be an important step for Nepal to take part in an international competition when sports activities have come to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NPA is scheduled to organize a national powerlifting competition after selecting athletes from all seven provinces for the competition.