Stage ready for championship

The Nauru weightlifting team at Rabuka Gym for the upcoming 2019 IWF Junior World Championship at FMF Gymnasium on Saturday. Picture: RAMA

THE stage for the 2019 IWF Junior Weightlifting championship is set.

There are 49 countries and 280 athletes taking part in the week-long competition.

Weightlifting Fiji president Atma Maharaj said this would be a great platform for Fijian lifters to gain more experience.

“We have lifters from Kadavu, Serua, Naitasiri, Tailevu, and Suva. This is an opportunity for us and we are expecting the competition to be fierce.

“We have a full team from the United States of America (USA) and they will be fielding 20 athletes. We also have China, Turkey, Russia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Japan, Russia, Korea and other big countries.

“Since this is an Olympic Games qualifier, the main aim is to improve on their times and get as many points as they can. “Today we will have the verification of the athletes. Normally the number of countries that take part in the junior championship is 45, so this championship is shaping up to be the biggest.”

Chairman of the organising committee Dr Robin Mitchell said about $700,000 worth of new equipment were bought for the competition.

“The cost of hosting is not more than probably $100,000 because the accommodation is being paid by the participants.

“We provide transport where 200 shuttles take the teams for their two-hour training session per day. This will be a great platform for our lifters to stamp their mark.”

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