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Celebrating 120 years of weightlifting in Ukraine

On September 11th, the Khmelnytskyy new sports club “Epitsenr” welcomed the 120th anniversary of weightlifting in Ukraine.

At the gala, held under the patronage of the President of Weightlifting Federation of Ukraine Oleksandr Gerega and honorary president of the sports club “Epicenter” Galina Gerega, major sport personalities gathered together.

The International Weightlifting Federation was represented by the President Dr. Tamas Ajan, while personalities as Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine Ihor Zhdanov, President of the Ukrainian Olympic Committee and IOC Executive Board Member Sergey Bubka were also present. Also event was attended by athletes, coaches, politicians and Olympic Champions forging the past and present of weightlifting in Ukraine.

The best of the best were awarded in five categories: “Outstanding coaches and athletes of today”, “The future of weightlifting, coaches and athletes”, “Famous veterans, coaches, organizers, judges”, “Famous athletes of the past” and “For the promotion of weightlifting Ukraine”.

Honored guests congratulated all members of the Ukrainian weightlifting family on this great occasion for the tremendous work they are doing for the promotion of the sport.

All the guests expressed their gratitude to President of the Ukrainian Weightlifting Federation Alexander Gerega and honorary president of the sports club “Epicenter” Galina Gerega, for promoting the construction of new modern sports facilities and for promoting weightlifting in Ukraine.

Winning altogether 59 medals since 1991, Ukrainian athletes are aiming for the 60th one in Houston on the occasion of the 2015 IWF World Championships.