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Laying the Foundation of a Regional Weightlifting Centre in Southern France

In front of more than three hundred people and in the presence of local and territorial dignitaries, the official ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the Weightlifting, Fitness and Physical Training Centre took place in Villeneuve-Loubet on April 24th. This centre has both a local and regional calling also answering the needs of Francophone international athletes.

This new 980 square meters sport facility will consist of a weightlifting hall, a fitness room, four changing-rooms, two saunas, a medical room, a reception desk and an office.

The facility belongs to the “Etoile Sportive de Villeneuve -Loubet” Club (located 5 kilometres from the Nice-Côte d’Azur airport), whose President is Sylvie MARCHAND. This club has among its members high level athletes such as Beijing Olympic Games Silver medallist Vencelas DABAYA, Norwegian Ruth KASIRYE and Spaniard José NAVARRO. The Centre, to be completed before the end of 2010 will serve as a new tool that will host national and international clinics, training camps and various courses in favour of the development of weightlifting. Jean-Paul BULGARIDHES, President of the French Weightlifting Federation, will be the General Manager of the Centre.