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Teams ready, officials ready: Weightlifting at YOG can kick off tomorrow

Singapore – On 13 August 2010, Olympic Team Managers verified their Final Entries at the meeting held in the YOG Competition Venue: the Toa Payoh Sports Hall. The Start List published today, 14 August 2010 includes a total of 108 young athletes, aged 16 and 17 years, representing 65 nations from the five continents. For all of them it will be the first chance to lift on an Olympic stage.

Both athletes and officals are looking forward to the kick-off of the 1st Youth Olympic Games with great excitement. After today’s Technical Officials’ meeting, conducted by Sam Coffa, Event Delegate and TC Chairman, in the presence of Dr. Tamás Aján, IWF President and Ma Wenguang, IWF General Secretary, the officials inspected the venue and “cleared it” for the Games to begin tomorrow. The weightlifting competitions will last through five days, 15-19 August.

The Singapore Organising Committee, in particular the Weightlifting Competition manager Tom Liaw have been doing an outstanding job providing excellent and spectacular facilities that match the standard of any high-class event, including the Olympic Games.