Kudla’s Satish Kumar Brings Home Silver Medal in Power-Lifting at Uzbekistan
Kudla’s Satish Kumar Kudroli has won the Silver Medal in the Asian Bench Press Championships held at Tashkent-Uzbekistan from 14-20 October 2016. Vincent Carlo, also from Mangaluru who participated in the same Championships got the 7th place – both these Mangaloreans represented the Indian Team.
Mangaluru: Kudla’s Satish Kumar Kudroli has brought name and glory for India, and also for his hometown, Mangaluru by winning the Silver Medal in the Asian Bench Press Championships held at Tashkent-Uzbekistan from 14-20 October, 2016. He was joined by, Vincent Carlo, also from Mangaluru who participated in the same Championships and got the 7th place- both these Mangaloreans represented the Indian Team. The Championships were held at Le Grande Plaza Hotel, Tashkent (Uzbekistan).
The Asian Powerlifting Federation (APF) is an amateur association that aims to control, organize, and promote powerlifting in Asia. Founded in 1984 during the first Asian Powerlifting Championships in Indonesia, the AFP hopes to further develop friendship and cooperation among its members – national powerlifting associations in Asia and their lifters.
Both Suresh Kumar Kudroli and Vincent Carlo are employed with State Excise Department and are active members of Balanjaneya Gym-Mangaluru. Arriving this Sunday morning by train from Bengaluru at the Mangalore Central Railway Station, they were welcomed and greeted with flower garlands and bouquets by their family members, co-workers, relatives and friends. Team Mangalorean interacted with both these powerlifters, where they narrated their experiences in the coldest town they have ever been.
Speaking to Team Mangalorean, Suresh Kumar said, “It was minus two degrees in Tashkent, but I anyhow managed it. The hospitality was great, with friendly people around. Four from Karnataka state, including the two of us from Mangaluru, represented the India Powerlifting team at this Championships. Around thirty participants from various parts of India took part in this championships. I competed in the 120 class category and won the silver medal, it was tough to beat the other three finalists. But I am happy with my achievement, next time I will do better. In the past I have won 14 times in various championships held nationally and Internationally. Thanks to my family members, fans and supporters who gave me all the encouragement to bring home this silver medal”.
Vincent Carlo also speaking said, “I participated in the 83kg class, and won the seventh place. Due to the extreme cold weather, which was minus 2 degrees affected my body a lot, and that’s the reason I couldn’t do well in this championships. In the past I have the Gold medal at the Commonwealth 2011 games held in London; Bronze medal in 2015 Asian Bench Press Championships held at Muscat; Gold medal in International Bench Press Championships held at Jamshedpur, India. I am looking forward to taking part in the Commonwealth Games to be held in South Africa sometime next year. My goal in life is to achieve and win the gold in the World Bench Press Championships next year. I need all the support and encouragement that I can get from my well-wishers, friends and relatives, and of course, my wife and three kids”.
Both these sportsmen were also greeted by MLA JR Lobo, where he offered them a flower bouquet, later speaking to the crowd, Lobo said, ” It is indeed a great news to Mangaluru that both these powerlifters who were among the other four from Karnataka representing the Indian team have not only brought glory to India, but also a name to Mangaluru. We need to encourage and support the athletes and sportsmen who are doing their best to bring a name to the country and their hometown. I will do my best to get financial support to these sportsmen from the government in case they need it. I congratulate Suresh Kumar and Vincent Carlo for their achievements and wish them all luck in the future Championships. Good luck and may God bless you both”.
Like they say every daughter wants to follow either in their mother’s or father’s footsteps, here we have an example in Venizeia Annie Carlo, the eldest daughter of powerlifter Vincent Carlo, who is doing her PUC at St Agnes College-Mangaluru. Speaking to Team Mangalorean, Venizeia said,” I want to be like my dad to achieve big in powerlifting. He has trained me a lot in powerlifting, and due to his training I have many medals in the past in powerlifting championships, one among them is winning the bronze at International Powerlifting Championships held in Hong Kong recently. I am looking forward to winning big in the future championships and beat my dad in the medals (smiling?). I owe my success in this sport to my dad who has been my role model, and also to my mother who is always caring and very supportive – and also to the Apostolic Carmel Sisters and PD at St Agnes College who have also encouraged me to reach greater heights in this sport. Thank you Mangalorean.com for giving me an opportunity to share my thoughts”.
About Bench Press:
The bench press is an upper body strength training exercise that consists of pressing a weight upwards from a supine position. The exercise works the pectoralis major as well as supporting chest, arm, and shoulder muscles such as the anterior deltoids, serratus anterior, coracobrachialis, scapulae fixers, trapezii, and the triceps. A barbell is generally used to hold the weight, but a pair of dumbbells can also be used. The barbell bench press is one of three lifts in the sport of powerlifting and is used extensively in weight training, bodybuilding, and other types of training to develop the chest muscles.
The person performing the exercise lies on their back with a weight grasped in both hands. They push the weight upwards until their arms are extended, not allowing the elbows to lock. They then lower the weight to chest level.
Powerlifting: take posture with body weight resting on buttocks and upper traps whilst driving feet into the floor. Movement requires the weight to be taken at full arms’ length, lowered to the upper torso, paused, and then lifted to starting position.
About Tashkent- Uzbekistan:
Tashkent (literally “Stone City”) is the capital city of Uzbekistan. It’s known for its many museums and its mix of modern and Soviet-era architecture. The Amir Timur Museum houses manuscripts, weapons and other relics from the Timurid dynasty. Nearby, the huge State Museum of History of Uzbekistan has centuries-old Buddhist artifacts. The city’s skyline is distinguished by Tashkent Tower, which offers city views from its observation deck.
Due to its position in Central Asia, Tashkent came under Sogdian and Turkic influence early in its history, before Islam in the 8th century AD. After its destruction by Genghis Khan in 1219, the city was rebuilt and profited from the Silk Road. In 1865 it was conquered by the Russian Empire, and in Soviet times witnessed major growth and demographic changes due to forced deportations from throughout the Soviet Union. Today, as the capital of an independent Uzbekistan, Tashkent retains a multi-ethnic population with ethnic Uzbeks as the majority.
During its long history, Tashkent has had various changes in names and political and religious affiliations. Tashkent was settled by ancient people as an oasis on the Chirchik River, near the foothills of the West Tian Shan Mountains. In ancient times, this area contained Beitian, probably the summer “capital” of the Kangju confederacy.