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Junior Lifters Urged To Join World Champs

Top official appointed as competition head   Weightlifting Fiji president Atma Maharaj has indicated that all weightlifters including members of the Levuka club are welcome to compete in the 2019 International
30 Jan 2019 10:00
Junior Lifters Urged To Join World Champs
From left; IWF Junior Championship Communications and public relations officer Matai Akauola, Weightlifting Fiji president Atma Maharaj, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Youth and Sports Maretino Nemani, IWC Junior Weightlifting Championship chair Dr Robin Mitchel and IWC Junior Weightlifting Championship Organising comittee member Sikeli Tuinamuana on January 29, 2019. Photo: Grace Narayan

Top official appointed as competition head  

Weightlifting Fiji president Atma Maharaj has indicated that all weightlifters including members of the Levuka club are welcome to compete in the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation Junior World Championship on June 1-8 at the Vodafone Arena, Suva.

It is also believed that it’s the first time a country from the Pacific region is hosting a World Weightlifting Championship competition.

This was followed by an official press conference yesterday confirming the official appointment of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games manager Pedro Meloni as competitions manager at the event.

The 33-year-old Meloni was the sport manager for the Weightlifting and Powerlifting tournaments at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, respectively, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has built a reputation of running weightlifting competitions and was highly recommended.

He has organised a number of major world events including;

-International consultant for the 2018 IWF World Championships, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

-Competition director for the 2018 American Open Series III, Las Vegas, NV, the biggest weightlifting event in history with 1652 athletes.

-Competition director for 2017 IWF World Championships, Anaheim, USA.

-Competition director for the 2017 Pan American Championships, Miami – USA.

-Competition manager, Weightlifting & Powerlifting competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 2016 Paralympic Games. He is currently the Director of Events & Sponsorship at USA Weightlifting.

“Prior to Fiji being given the right to host the IWF Junior World Championships in 2017 and we’re proud to announce that we have secured the appointment of Brazilian, Pedro Meloni as the competition manager,” Maharaj said.

“The total funding for this competition is close to FJD $2million and the average number of countries that will be participating in this competition is 50. “We have a squad of 10 to 12 athletes competing for this competition and this championship is open to all Fiji Athletes to take part and they need to go through the qualifying event.”

Maharaj said Meloni has organised two of the best-in-class Oceania Championships in 2010 and 2016. “We are keen to ensure the rest of the world gets to experience the same Pacific spirit and we believe Pedro is the man to make it happen”.

“The Fiji Government is fully supporting the event and has provided funding to ensure that the technical equipment and facilities meets all the requirements of the IWF”

Chair of the IWC Junior Weightlifting Championship Organising Committee Dr Robin Mitchell is overwhelmed with the appointment of the new competition’s manager

“Fiji is fortunate to have secured a high-quality and experienced expert for such an important role” Mitchell said.

“The competition manager ensures that prior to the event the organising committee has prepared the best conditions for the athlete to perform at their best.

“His international experience will ensure that the championships in Fiji are going to be a great experience for the international visitors and local sports enthusiasts”.

However, present at the press conference was the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Youth Sports Maretino Nemani who was pleased with the progress of the preparation of the event.

“I’m pleased with the preparations to date and is working closely with the Fiji National Sports Commission and Fiji Sports Council to ensure that the facilities provided by Government meet with the requirements for hosting this International event,” Nemani added

The championships will also be a qualification tournament for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Fiji is expecting to host close to 400 athletes and officials from over 50 countries.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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