African Youth and Junior Championships, YOG Qualification Event
Between 26th and 29th March 2018, the Weightlifting Federation of Africa organized the African Youth and Junior Championships which was also a Qualification Event for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games. The event was hosted by the Egyptian Weightlifting Federation in Cairo.
Before the competition started WFA held two Education Seminars. First was presented by Dr Mohamed Iraqi Hassan (EGY), member of the WFA Medical Committee about the Sports injuries while the second seminar was about Anti-doping, lectures were given by Dr Kevin du Plooy (RSA), Vice President of WFA and Dr Ali Ramadan (EGY).
Around 110 athletes from 14 African Member Federations competed at the African Youth and Junior Championships. Besides competing for being an African champion, quota places for the Youth Olympic Games were the stake. The northern African countries, having the advantage of short distances, had nearly full headcounts. However, the smaller African nations were also represented. The Egyptian team showed its strength winning a medal in almost all categories except one by women and one by men.
After the exciting competitions, the following countries secured 1 quota place for the Youth Olympic Games:
Men: EGY, ALG, LBA, RSA
Women: EGY, ALG, TUN, GHA
Photo Credit: Nayera Khalifa