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Fiji On Track To Host World Junior Championships

"Despite the unavailability of the original venue, the Vodafone Arena, Attila is happy that the alternative venue, the FMF Gymnasium will be prepared by the Fiji Sports Council to be able to host the Championship and the warm up areas before time"
21 Mar 2019 12:00
Fiji On Track To Host World Junior Championships
Atitila Adamfi

International Weightlifting Fed­eration’s (IWF) director gen­eral, Attila Adamfi and compe­tition manager, Matyas Lencser are in the country on a technical visit Junior World Championships (JWC) to be held in Suva from June 1-8.

They have met with various stake­holders and have seen the progress that is currently being made.

Despite the unavailability of the original venue, the Vodafone Arena, Attila is happy that the alternative venue, the FMF Gymnasium will be prepared by the Fiji Sports Council to be able to host the Championship and the warm up areas before time.

The Vodafone Arena will not be ready because of the current reno­vation works being carried out and will not be completed on time.

This means that some slight modi­fications will be made to the FMF Gymnasium to prepare it as the competition venue and the National Fitness Centre will be used as the training venue.

IDEAL CONDITIONS

Attila said he is happy having the training and competition venue at the same area, just a short walk away from each other.

“Also the distance between the competition venue and the vari­ous hotels is about 10 minutes so that will provide ideal conditions for the athletes to perform at their best- especially considering this event as an important milestone in the qualification to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” said Attila, who is also a technical delegate for the 2019 Pacific Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

TEAM WORK

He commended the organisation committee on their unprecedented cooperation in engaging the dif­ferent stakeholders in organising these championships.

“I’m impressed by the collabora­tion that is being shown by the whole of Government, Fiji Sports Council, Fiji National Sports Commission, ONOC, FASANOC, ORADO and media partners and sponsors in delivering these cham­pionships.

“I am grateful to Dr Robin Mitch­ell. The chair of the organising committee and to Atma Maharaj for the tireless work they’re putting in to deliver this world event.

“This is a very important compe­tition as this is gold level ranking competition and a Tokyo 2020 quali­fication event.

“Fiji is the first Pacific country to be given the hosting rights to host a World Weightlifting Champion­ship and the last time an event was held in Oceania was in 1993 in Mel­bourne, Australia.”

Attila is no stranger to Fiji as he’s been here in 2004, 2010 and 2016 to attend the Oceania Weightlifting Championships and is heavily in­volved with the 2019 Junior World Championships.

NEW LAWS

IWF’s competition manager Lenc­ser said, a year ago new bodyweight categories were announced and this will be the first Junior Weightlift­ing Championships with the new body weight categories.

“I’m also happy to learn that 64 countries have sent in preliminary entries for this competition in Suva and we will know final numbers by the end of April.

“These championships will use Video Playback Technology and will be live-streamed globally,” said Lencser.

NEW EQUIPMENT

Another point to note, he says, is that the competition equipment that will be used at these champion­ships are ZKC Bars and Weights.

ZKC is the official provider for the weights for the weightlifting com­petition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“The use of the same equipment at these championships only goes on to show the high level of competi­tion this will be.”

IWF is happy that the organising committee has appointed Pedro Meloni as the 2019 JWC competi­tion manager. Pedro was the compe­tition manager for the weightlifting competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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