Kazakh weightlifter Ilya Ilyin to compete in Qatar Cup
The national team of Kazakhstan heading over to the Qatar Cap includes 9 weightlifters.
The capital city of Qatar, Doha, hosts the Qatar Cap spanning from December 19 to 23, 2018, which is the second official qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games, including only Olympic weight classes, the Weightlifting Federation of Kazakhstan informs.
The team from Kazakhstan is represented by 9 athletes, including Arli Chontey (up to 61 kg), Igor Son (up to 61kg), Farkhad Kharki (up to 67kg), Nizhat Rakhimov (up to 73kg), Aidar Kazov (up to 81kg), Rustem Sybay (up to 96kg), Ilya Ilyin (up to 109kg), Karina Goricheva (up to 64kg), Raushan Meshitkhanova (up to 87kg).
"This tournament is important for us as it is the second qualification event at the silver level giving its participants an opportunity to improve their ratings or an additional chance for those who either did not participate in the World Championship or did not score high results. This is the second qualification right after the World Champion, and we expect good results," said Yuri Melnikov, a head trainer of the national team of Kazakhstan.