World junior weightlifting championships shaping up to be huge: Mitchell

Dr Robin Mitchell, President of ONOC and IOC member of Fiji. Picture: FT FILE

THE 2019 IWF Junior World Championship (JWC) to be held in Suva, Fiji, is shaping up to be the largest-ever Junior World Weightlifting Championship in the history of the sport.

JWC Organising Committee chairperson Dr Robin Mitchell has confirmed that 64 countries have submitted their preliminary entries when applications closed on February 28, 2019.

The number of countries that took part in the last four editions of the Junior World Championships were:

– 2018 Uzbekistan – 48 countries

– 2017 – Tokyo – 48 countries

– 2016 – Tbilisi Georgia – 46 countries; and

– 2015 – Wroclaw Poland – 40 countries.

Leading weightlifting countries like Russia, China, Iran and USA, among others, are coming with big teams.

The2019 IWF Junior World Championships is also a gold-qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The championships will be held between June 01-08 with 500-plus athletes and officials expected to come to Fiji.

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