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Weightlifter of TN bags Gold in CWG

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Sathish Sivalingam of vellore, Tamil Nadu has bagged Gold medal in CWG once again. weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam (77kg), who claimed India’s third gold medal in the Commonwealth Games, worked very hard to achieve it as he had made very few trips to his home in Sathuvachari, as most of his days were spent at the coaching camp at Patiala in Punjab.

“He stayed for one day when he visited home two months ago. He started weightlifting when he was 13 years old. As years went by, he started to put in plenty of hard work. He followed a strict diet regimen. He could not spend time with family and friends and continued to train hard. He made several sacrifices that have made him what he is today,” rejoicing mother of sathish, Devanai.

“We expected him to win a medal but to win gold; it needs plenty of will power. We are extremely happy with his victory,” said his father  Sivalingam, who was his coach in the early days.

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Sivalingam, who works as a security staff at VIT said “It is his aim to win an Olympic medal. If there are opportunities to train with players, who have won Olympic medals, he will learn more, and win a medal”.

“This second CWG gold is a huge achievement. It is another laurel for Sathuvachari. Next, he should aim for the Asian Games and then for an Olympic gold,” said T. Muthu, who won silver in the 2002 CWG and had earlier coached Sathish Sivalingam.

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami congratulated Sathish Sivalingam on his achievement and announced  a reward of Rs. 50 lakh from the State government.

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