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Kazan is ready to kick off

The IWF Grand Prix – 6th President’s Cup of the Russian Federation will take place in Kazan on 19-20th March, the preparations of the event are coming to an end.

At an international press conference held today in Ak Bars Sport Hall Mr Attila Adamfi, IWF Director General greeted the hosts and representatives of the media on behalf of Dr Tamas Ajan, IWF President. He said that he is always pleased to visit the „Sport Capital of Russia” which has hosted several international competitions in different sports. The weightlifters come home to Kazan, as European Championships, Universiade, Junior World Championships have been held here before. He emphasized that it is the first individual Olympic qualification event in 2016, this is why it has great importance. Several participants of the Grand Prix will compete at the Rio Olympic Games, too.

Mr Sergey Syrtsov, President of the Russian Weightlifting Federation reminded the audience that after Belgorod, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Noyabrsk and Grozny the President’s Cup is held for the 6th time. 41 athletes are expected to compete representing 12 countries, including outstanding Russian weightlifters like Mogushkov Chingiz and from Tatarstan Andrey Demanov and Maria Petrova. He highly evaluated the professional level of the organisation.

Mr Vladimir Leonov, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sport of the Republic of Tatarstan thanked for the possibility of holding this prestigious international event in Kazan.