22 of the 50 participants from Ganjam are from VHPAI

Young members of Veer Hanuman Circus and Physical Institute (VHPAI) of Berhampur bagged 26 medals in the inter-district weight lifting championship that concluded recently at Titilagarh.

This again proved that this private physical training institute, which had been established in 1940 still continues to be a major cradle of power sport especially weight lifting in the State.

A function was organised on the premises of the institution to honour the 22 young weight lifters who had won 26 medals in the inter-district championship. This function was attended by secretary of the Odisha Weightlifting Association (OWA) Narayan Sahu, who also happens to be the secretary of the VHPAI, its president Raghunath Mohapatra, Arjun award winner weightlifter Bijay Kumar Satpathy, senior coaches such as Ramesh Padhi, Jagyanarayan Nanda, Crmac Whiler.

Mr. Padhi said, the youngsters of the institution won the medals in the youth and junior category. Girls who are undergoing weightlifting at VHPAI also bagged several medals.

It may be noted that 50 weight lifters from Ganjam district had participated in this inter-district tournament and out of them 22 were from VHPAI.

In the youth boys category, VHPAI lads won silver medal in 50 Kg category, gold in 62 category, silver medals in 56kg, 69kg, 77kg and 85kg categories.

In the youth girls section, members of the VHPAI won the gold and silver medals in 44kg category, silver medal in 48kg category, bronze in 53kg group, silver and bronze in 58kg, gold medals in 69kg category and above 69kg category.

The excellence of VHPAI members continued to show in junior men and junior women groups also. In junior men, they won silver in 56kg, gold medals in 62 and 69kg group, silver in 77kg category, gold and silver in 85kg category. In junior women, all the three medals of 48kg category were won by VHPAI girls. They also got gold medal in 53kg category, gold and silver in 58kg category, bronze in 58kg category and silver in more than 75kg group.

Since 1940 the VHPAI has produced several men and women weight lifters of national and international fame, including Commonwealth Games gold medal winner Ravi Kumar, Bijay Kumar Satapathy who won silver medal in 1982 Commonwealth Games, Chandra Sekhar Sahu, Ranu Mohanty  and Tikina Gopal. Ranu Mohanty, another city girl groomed by the institution has won international medals in power lifting.