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Barbell Summit

The International Weightlifting Federation met with the 5 IWF Certified Sport Equipment Suppliers for a two days meeting in Budapest.

While underlining common goals, all participants – committed to the promotion and development of weightlifting – renewed their traditional and mutually beneficial cooperation with the IWF.

Considering the sport Calendar and upcoming events while entering the new Olympic cycle, the enhanced opportunities and increased action field were also a major topic during the summit. The high and reliable product quality was also in the focus while the comprehensive approach to being exclusive supplier at Major IWF Events remains an essential for the companies.

While ensuring the protection of its long term partners, the IWF further studies potential structural mutations in order to increase further opportunities.

Dr. Tamas Ajan IWF President said:

“We are extremely satisfied to sign in for another Olympic term with our long standing partners. The innovative approach of these companies – working not only on product development but investing in our athletes and sport – makes us proud and willing to ensure the best cooperation possible in the future.”

DHS Sales Manager Li Zhen said:  

“As long term and close partner of the IWF, DHS is honoured to renew the cooperation until Tokyo 2020. We ensure to keep supplying the best quality weightlifting equipment for our world class events.”

Eleiko CEO Erik Blomberg said:

“Eleiko is a proud partner to the IWF for many years. We are pleased and honoured to extend our partnership for another Olympic cycle, and offer our full commitment to the IWF and the beautiful sport of weightlifting.”

Uesaka President Tadamasa Uesaka said:

“With time changing, weightlifting is keeping up and changes very fast. We produce cutting edge products for the upcoming 4 years and not only talking about barbells – we take innovation as our mission.”

Werk San President Kemal Özkül said:

“Werk San is honoured to take part in this summit with all licenced companies in this beautiful city. We are thankful for the hospitality of the IWF Family and very glad to sign our agreement for the next Olympic term.”

ZKC General Manager Zhang Zhiguo said:

“This meeting was an excellent experience for ZKC and we are honoured to renew our contract with the IWF. The constructive discussions will bring our company to further development and ideas for the future.”