Ramos, Agad vie in Asian weightlifting championships

ASIAN youth champion Rose Jean Ramos plunges into action against older and more seasoned rivals in the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Asian Championships that start Saturday in Manama, Bahrain.

The Philippines has only two entries in the continental championships—Ramos who’ll be competing in the women’s 45-kg class and Fernando Agad Jr. in the men’s 44-kg category—with Robert Colonia as coach.

Ramos will face six opponents in her weight class headed by Vietnam’s My Phuong Khong and Indonesia’s Najia Khoirunnisa.

“It’s going to be more difficult than her last tournaments because of the presence of veteran weightlifters there, but I’m confident Rose Jean [Ramos] will be in the podium finish,” her Coach Allen Diaz told BusinessMirror on Friday.

The 17-year-old Ramos, also of Zamboanga City like Olympic champion Hidilyn Diaz Naranjo, captured four gold medals in the women’s 45-kg category in Asian Youth Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, last July.

Agad, 20, has six opponents in his category. Vanessa Sarno, a gold medalist in the Tashkent 2020 Asian championships and Vietnam Southeast Asian Games last May, skipped the Manama tournament to focus on the world championships in Bogota, Colombia, in December.