Sathish Kumar withdraws from Asian Weightlifting Championships

Two-time Commonwealth champion Sathish Kumar was forced to pull out of the 81kg event at the Asian Weightlifting Championships after injuring himself while warming up.

Sathish Kumar

Sathish Kumar was to participate in Group B of the men's 81kg category. (File Photo)   -  PTI

Two-time Commonwealth Games champion S. Sathish Kumar withdrew from the Asian weightlifting championships in Tashkent on Wednesday, due to 'an injury.' Sathish had entered his name in Group B of men's 81kg category.

"Sathish got injured during the warm up prior to the competition and had to withdraw from it," said Indian Weightlifting Federation secretary Sahdev Yadav.

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