New Delhi, Jun 29 (PTI) World Champion Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will spearhead the Indian weightlifting challenge in the upcoming Asian Games as the national federation named a five-member team today. Also Read - India vs England 2021: Ajinkya Rahane Dancing With Daughter on Day 1 of Quarantine in Chennai Ahead of 1st Test is Unmissable | WATCH VIDEO

Mirabai, who won gold in the world championships last year and Commonwealth Games in April, will compete in women’s 48kg while Rakhi Halder has been named as the second women and will take part in 63kg. Also Read - Jugaad or Stupidity? 4 Chinese Men Eat 30 Kg Oranges in Half An Hour to Avoid Paying Extra Baggage Fee

The three men are CWG gold medallist Sathish Sivalingam and Ajay Singh (both 77kg) and CWG bronze medalist Vikas Thakur (94kg). Also Read - Tractor Rally Violence: Can't Continue Protest With Rakesh Tikait, Says AIKSCC Leader VM Singh

In 2014 Asian Games, India had sent six weightlifters and returned without a medal. Mirabai had finished ninth in her category. This time though she is the favourite to win gold.


Women: 48 kg Saikhom Mirabai Chanu; 63 kg Rakhi Halder Men: 77 kg Sathish Kumar Sivalingam; Ajay Singh 94 kg: Vikas Thakur.

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