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Indian Powerlifter Moumita Ghosh recently stole the headlines of the newspapers after she won four gold medals and four silver medals in the Commonwealth Powerlifting championship in New Zealand. Already before her first international competition Moumita had won gold medals in three national championships within only two years of starting powerlifting.
Moreover, after returning from New Zealand the 20-year-old Indian powerlifter received a Rs 2 lakh cheque from the sports ministry of West Bengal.
The Journey of Moumita Ghosh
There was nobody in her family who was associated with sports. Still, Moumita’s love for sports came following encouragement from her game teacher in the school, Arpita Rudra. Moumita started playing kabaddi initially. Then she shifted to shot-put and practiced at the Kolkata SAI complex. She had even represented the state in shot-put. Then during Covid-19 and lockdown phase, Moumita finally shifted again to powerlifting and Moumita gave credit mostly to one of her coaches Sanglap Naha for this final move. Moumita explained,
“During the lockdown phase I could not go to SAI to continue training with Shot-Put. I was going to a local Gym, practicing casually. Naha sir told me that time to start power-lifting”
Moumita, however, said,
“I have scored 493 points in my gold-winning match and 450 points while ensuring silver medals. But as I was alone, without my coach, and as it was my first international competition I became a little bit nervous. That is why my score came out a little low. Otherwise, I had scored more than 500 points in the national championships before.”
The Motivation Elements
Moumita trains under Sanglap Naha and Prabir Mukhrjee. She often watches videos of renowned USA power-lifter Daniela Melo. The 3rd year student of Bengali at Rabindra Bharati University also mentioned she was inspired by MS Dhoni’s calmness. She quipped,
“I learn a lot having watched Dhoni on the field. His coolness and the style of directing his teammates teach me how to increase concentration and mental strength. There is a lot of difference between weight lifting and powerlifting. In power-lifting, we get three opportunities. But you cannot pick up the weight by placing it on the knees. Once lifting you drop the weight it will be counted as ‘no lift’. Naturally, I feel powerlifting is quite difficult “
Moumita Ghosh: The Aim
Moumita Ghosh said she has Asian Championship this year as well as selection trials for the World Championship. But she explained,
“I do not know whether I will be able to take part in the Asian Championship. But I must prepare for the World Championship. I have to get into the Indian team for the competition.”