Olympics Current Affairs - 2020
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On February 6, 2020, Rakhi Halder of West Bengal won Senior Weightlifting Championship. She bagged gold medal in the 64 kg category at the 35th National Weight lifting Championship held in Kolkata.
Halder lifted 117 kg in clean and jerk and 93 kg in snatch to win the medal. She was 10 kgs ahead of her rival Harjinder Kaur from Chandigarh.
Rakhi Halder ranked 19th in the Olympic qualifier list. Her best was 218 kg at the Qatar International Cup that won her a bronze medal. In 2019, she clinched gold medal at the Commonwealth Championship lifting 214 kg. Halder is a Railway employee.
The sport of weightlifting is related to the strength and technique of a player. A good weightlifter will lift three times their weight.
There are two techniques in weightlifting. They are Snatch and Clean & Jerk. Snatch is lifting the load above the head. Clean and Jerk is lifting the load in two steps. The rule is to bring the weight above the head and hold the weight upright.
Tags: Bengal • Gold Medal • Olympics • Sports • Sports in India
On December 1, 2019, the President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari opened the South Asian Games in Kathmandu. The event is scheduled to be conducted for 10 days. Around 487 athletes are participating from India.
About South Asian Games
The South Asian Games is a biennial multi-sport event that is held among the South Asian countries. It is being conducted since 1983. Currently there are eight members in the event. It includes India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Maldives.
The governing body of the event is South Asia Olympic Council
South Asia Olympic Council
The Council was formed in 1983 at Islamabad, Pakistan. The country hosting the South Asian games holds the president-ship of the council. The current President of the council is Nepal.
The Council holds South Asian Beach Games and South Asian Winter Games. The Beach Games are usually conducted in the month of September every year and predominantly includes water sports. The South Asian Winter Games includes athletics, skating, swimming, etc.
Tags: Athletics • Nepal • Olympics • South Asia • South Asian Games