Saikhom Mirabai Chanu wins gold at Qatar International Cup

first_img COMMENT Press Trust Of India FOLLOW US Former world champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu notched up the women’s 49kg category gold medal to open India’s account at the 6th Qatar International Cup on Friday. The 25-year-old Chanu won gold with an effort of 194kg in the Olympic qualifying silver level event, the points from which will come in handy when the final rankings for 2020 Tokyo Olympics cut are done. To qualify for Tokyo, a weightlifter must compete in at least one event in each of the three periods of six months (spread over November 2018 to April 2020), at least six events overall and in at least one gold and another silver level event.READ | Global Sport Doping Cases Up 13% In 2017: WADAChanu’s performance on Friday was, however, way below her personal best of 201kg which she lifted during this year’s World Championships in Thailand. The 2018 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Indian managed to register only one clean lift in both the snatch and clean and jerk categories. She manged to lift 83kg in her second attempt in snatch event but then failed to clear 87kg in her final try.READ | Cody Rhodes Confirms All Elite Wrestling Are Interested In Signing Luke HarperIn the clean and jerk section, Chanu lifted 111kg in her first attempt but was unable to heave 115kg and 116kg in her final two attempts. The French duo of Anais Michel (172kg) and Manon Lorentz (165kg) took home the silver and bronze medals respectively. Earlier this year at the World championship, Chanu had breached the much anticipated 200kg mark by lifting her personal best in all three section. In snatch she lifted 87kg followed by 114kg in clean and jerk for a total of 201kg. China’s Jiang Huihua (212kg) had won the gold.READ | Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand Reveals His Constant Pre-match RitualChanu, who had won 48kg gold at the 2017 edition in Anaheim, USA with an overall effort of 194kgs, returned to action in February following a lower-back injury. She had missed the World Championships and Asian Games in 2018 owing to a back injury. The Manipuri had also clinched the gold medal in 49kg at the EGAT Cup, which was the first of the six Olympic qualifying events for her. READ | Tokyo Olympics Say Costs $12.6B; Audit Report Says Much More SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Written By Last Updated: 20th December, 2019 17:41 IST Saikhom Mirabai Chanu Wins Gold At Qatar International Cup Former world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu notched up the women’s 49kg category gold medal to open India’s account at the 6th Qatar International Cup LIVE TV First Published: 20th December, 2019 17:41 ISTlast_img read more

Damp squib FTAs under fire

first_imgNick Xenophon has slammed Australia’s record in establishing bilateral free trade agreements – a cornerstone of foreign policy for successive Australian governments in the past decade.Writing in his blog this week, the Independent senator said there was little evidence Australia was benefiting from deals. “FTAs are negotiated in secret between governments, signed and then presented to parliament for its rubber stamp. They have been beset by rosy predictions of a series of trade ministers – from both sides of politics – and their bureaucratic minders.“As the Productivity Commission concluded in 2010, in a detailed but widely overlooked report, multilateral and unilateral free trade measures are much more effective at delivering significant benefits to Australia.”Senator Xenophon added that he was concerned the Abbott government had stepped up involvement in such agreements, “pursuing deals with China and Pacific-rim countries in secret negotiations with no independent analysis of the trade-offs and costs involved”.The senator said there was little evidence the latest deals signed with South Korea and Japan would improve Australia’s terms of trade, economy or the nation’s overall well being. “Cheaper consumer goods for households eventually emerge, but at a huge cost to our manufacturing base, our natural trading strengths in agriculture and services, and our overall trade performance.”Last month the senator released an analysis of ABS trade figures that showed for each of the trade deals with Singapore, US, Thailand and Chile signed since 2003, Australia’s trade performance with those countries was worsening, not improving.Senator Xenophon said that since Australia signed an FTA with Thailand in 2005, annual imports have outpaced exports by an average of 14 per cent – or $7.8 billion last financial year.“South Korea and Japan are global car-making giants and the deals with [them] will bring more of their cars here, but risk hastening the demise of Australia’s auto sector and the 33,000 jobs in the car components sector.“Japan and Korea demanded and got lengthy lead-in times for lowering barriers to Australian agricultural products such as beef and just refused any progress on a raft of other farm products.”He added that Australia was “laughed at internationally as the ‘free trade Taliban’ because of our purist and fundamentalist approach to these issues, compromising our national interest for a free trade mantra. We get taken for mugs and this has to stop.”In July, ANU’s Associate Professor Matthew Rimmer told parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (the only parliamentary process that examines the texts of FTAs after they are agreed by the government and made public), that Australia should become more “hard headed” about the agreements.“DFAT have been engaging in booster-ism about trade and sometimes are very reluctant to reveal some of the costs or trade-offs involved in certain agreements.“These deals produce big-bang headlines for governments but deliver damp squibs for Australia.”Senator Xenophon has vowed to introduce legislation in the spring sitting of parliament that would transform the way FTAs are negotiated and adopted.“These FTAs must be open to scrutiny and verification, rather than secrecy and exaggeration.“Our national interest demands that it’s time we all wised up.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more