Reinstate weightlifting as a basic sport: PABM

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (PABM) hopes that weightlifting can be reinstated as a core sport with the aim of further strengthening athlete development activities.

Its chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) and the National Sports Council (NSC) should look into the matter by looking at the achievement of two gold medals brought by the national weightlifting camp so far at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022. .

He said Mohamad Aniq Kasdan’s resounding success in contributing to Malaysia’s first gold medal in the men’s 55kg category (snatch, clean and jerk) and Muhamad Aznil Bidin’s second in the 61kg category testify that PABM had exceeded the objective of a gold medal. fixed by KBS and NSC.

“Since the goal is achieved, we hope that NSC and the ministry will reintroduce weightlifting as a core sport so that we can produce more athletes with the potential to represent the country in the future,” he said. said when contacted by Bernama here today.

Ayub said if weightlifting is restored to grassroots status, PABM will have the ability to form a relief team through a larger stipend and expand efforts to find talent as early as school level.

Weightlifting was among three sports removed from the country’s core sports list except for sepak takraw and taekwondo in 2017.

Deterioration in performance, in addition to disciplinary issues such as the failure of several athletes in doping tests, was the main cause of the abandonment of weightlifting.

Ayub said that since he took the helm of the association, PABM has seen many reforms, including reducing doping cases and the use of banned substances among its athletes.

He said awareness of the offense among state associations and coaches has also increased through various workshops and seminars conducted by the PABM.

Meanwhile, Ayub said PABM is also planning corporate support as sponsors to ensure a flow of gold glitter at prestigious games.

“Weightlifting is not a popular sport, but a popular sport does not guarantee medals…so we are calling for a safer future by producing more athletes and if we want more gold through games like this, so sponsors need to come and help us,” he said.

Meanwhile, with PABM’s aim at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games at three gold medals, he said another was expected from Muhammad Erry Hidayat who will compete in the men’s 73kg category at the National Exhibition Center ( NEC) from Birmingham at 1:30 a.m. local time (Monday). – Bernama

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