The 12{+t}{+h}All India BSNL weightlifting, powerlifting and best physique competitions will commence at J.J. College of Engineering and Technology near here on Wednesday.

A total of 130 contestants from 15 BSNL circles across the country will take part in the four-day competition. The contest will be held for eight categories in weightlifting; 10 in powerlifting and eight in best physique.

Addressing the media here on Tuesday, Principal General Manager, BSNL, Tiruchi, S. Esther Rajam said Tamil Nadu circle has always remained the first circle to organise sports meet in August every year as per the BSNL sports calendar.

The Tamil Nadu circle had organised carrom event in 2011-12 and had been given the task of organising weightlifting, powerlifting and best physique championship for the current year.

The opening ceremony will begin with a march past by teams representing different circles.

Former Minister and chairman, J.J. Groups of Institutions, Tiruchi, Prof. K. Ponnusamy will inaugurate the competition in the presence of Mohammed Ashraf Khan, Chief General Manager, BSNL, Tamil Nadu circle.

Olympian and secretary, Tamil Nadu Weightlifting Association, Chennai, N. Tamilselvan will be the guest of honour at the opening ceremony.