In the men’s and women’s IWF Youth World Weightlifting Championships 2022 in Lyon, Mexico, India’s Akanksha Kishore Vavre (women’s, 40kg weight category) and Vijay Prajapati (men’s, 49kg weight class) finished second in their respective events. Both medals were awarded on Saturday, the competition’s first day. Vijay managed to lift 175 kg (78 kg + 97 kg), while Akanksha hoisted a total of 127 kg (59 kg + 68 kg). According to sources, Akanksha is a trainee at the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) National Centre of Excellence (NCE, Aurangabad), and Vijay is a trainee at the Patiala section of the SAI.
President of the Weightlifting Association of India (CCI), Sahdev Yadav, said in a statement issued here, “I’d like to congratulate all of the weightlifters on their success in the run-up to the 2022 IWF Youth World Weightlifting Championships in Lyon, and thank the Indian coaches for their efforts in training the athletes in such a short period of time at the national camp. Ankushita Boro, an Indian athlete, recently earned a gold medal at the AIBA Youth World Championships in Guwahati. Boro, who originates from Meghai Jarani village in Sonitpur, central Assam, has been in the news for earning a gold medal in the light welterweight 64 kg weight class at this competition. What’s more, the 17-year-old had stopped boxing a few years ago before making history by returning to the ring.
It should be noted that when Ankushita Boro won the gold medal on Friday, union sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore granted her a 6-year-old triumph. She has given a prize of Rs 7 lakh, as well as a Rs 2 lakh award from Boxing Federation of India President Ajay Singh. According to Ankushita, “When I first began playing in 2012, I was lucky to have access to a variety of resources, including a fantastic instructor in Tridib sir, but things quickly deteriorated. There were conflicts in administrative functioning both at home and at the centre, and I was put to the test during that period; I didn’t put my gloves on my hand for nearly six months, but thanks to my family, who encouraged me and gave me confidence.