Bhubaneswar: The five-day National Weightlifting Championship, 2011, will begin at Berhampur on Saturday. The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) will conduct the tournament including 100 officials.

It may be noted that 285 weightlifters from across the country, including 100 woman participants, will partcipate in the event.

The Vice President of the IWF and the organising Secretary of the event, Narayan Sahu said the technical committee of the federation has already done the final inspection of the stage raised inside the Berhampur Stadium, where the event will be held.

“We are very happy, as the town is holding the national meet for the first time with some noted weightlifters taking part in the event” said the advisor of the Odisha Weightlifting Association, Biswanath Patra.