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Work, Plan For Weightlifting: Maharaj

Work, Plan For Weightlifting: Maharaj
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Team Fiji weightlifters and officials during the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championship. Photo: Ronald Kumar
June 19
11:00 2017

Hosting the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Junior World Championships in the country will be a chance to grow the sport, says Atma Maharaj.

The Weightlifting Fiji president applauded the effort and decision by the IWF executive board who unanimously decided to award the hosting rights to Fiji after Uzbekistan and Albania withdrew their candidacy in favour of Fiji in Tokyo last week.

“Winning the bid is the first step, now the real work of planning and producing a successful world event in Fiji is a great opportunity for us all,” Maharaj said.

“This is a great opportunity to not only showcase Fiji as a sporting destination, but use the event to grow the sport into schools and at all levels.

“We also hope that all the Pacific Islands and indeed Oceania countries will use this as a great incentive to develop strong teams of junior athletes who will come across and compete in Fiji in 2019.

“As part of our bid process, we had to submit a detailed questionnaire from IWF, demonstrating our experience, capability, venues, equipment and the logistics to organise the championships,” he said.

“In the bid presentation, the key elements of distance, connectivity, costs to participating countries, visa entry into Fiji and organisational capability were been scrutinised.”

The championships in 2019 will see around 500 athletes and team officials from more than 50 countries taking part. Together with the IWF executive board and committees, technical officials, parents and supporters, this number is expected to exceed 700.

IWF president Thomas Rajan spoke highly of how Fiji hosted the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championship.

Edited by Osea Bola




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