Aveenash Pandoo elected first high performance director by the Weightlifting Federation

The Indian Weightlifting Federation has selected Mauritian Aveenash Pandoo as its first Director of High Performance, valid until the 2024 Paris Olympics, according to SAI. The appointment is made with the goal of developing a strong grassroots system for young weightlifters.

Pandoo’s responsibilities will include developing a talent identification mechanism to increase the strength of Bank of India. Pandoo, 46, from South Africa, has more than two decades of coaching experience and was instrumental in helping Indonesian weightlifters win two silver medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The role of junior development programs and competition structures has also been assigned to Pandoo at SAI National Centers of Excellence (NCOE) across the country. His additional responsibilities include improving the development programs for coaches and referees each year, as well as establishing a clear classification system for weightlifters.

In recent years, India has done quite well in the sport and the country won 12 medals at the Commonwealth Championships in December, which were held in conjunction with the World Championships. The best bets for the country are mirai chanu, who won a silver at the Tokyo Olympics, and Jeremy Lalrinnunga, who is also a junior Olympic champion.

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