Weightlifting federation selects Monika Devi for Olympics

July 15th, 2008 - 10:46 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Tuesday unanimously selected L. Monika Devi ahead of Shailaja Pujari for the next month’s Beijing Olympics. Monika was selected after a selection trial in Bangalore, resting all allegations of bribery in the selection. Monika won a silver and two bronze in the Asian Championships in Japan in April-May to help book the berth for India, and will compete in the 69kg category. Shailaja (75kg) has been named as the reserve lifter.

“Monika was chosen unanimously by the selection committee. Everything from performance in the trials to past records was taken into consideration by the selection committee,” IWF general secretary B.R. Gulati told IANS.

“Dev Dutt Sharma will accompany Monika as coach in Beijing,” he added. But Sharma’s selection as coach was also against the sports ministry’s directive that a woman coach should accompany a woman lifter to Beijing.

Earlier, Monika and Shailaja were shortlisted for the final selection after trials in Pune June 29. It was followed by allegations of bribery to select Shailaja.

This led to the intervention of the ministry which asked the IWF to shift the repeat trial venue from Pune to Patiala. But the federation shifted the venue of trials to Bangalore.

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