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Junior World Championships preparations well underway with full support

IWF Director General Attila Adamfi and Competition Manager Matyas Lencser paid a technical visit to Fiji, host of the upcoming Junior World Championships to be held in Suva 1-8 June 2019.

They have met with various stakeholders and have seen the progress made to host an event of this caliber.

The JWC competition venue, the FMF Gymnasium will be prepared to host the Championships and the warm-up areas, while the National Fitness Centre will serve as the training venue.

Sports equipment – provided by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games provider ZKC – has been already arrived to host city.


The delegation appreciated that the training and competition venue is in the same area – a short walk away from each other, just as various accommodation options for athletes and visitors are about 10 minutes away from the venues. This will provide ideal conditions for the lifters to perform at their best – especially considering this event as an important milestone in the Qualification to Tokyo 2020.

“The local Organizing Committee showed unprecedented cooperation in engaging the different stakeholders in organizing these Championships. I’m impressed by the collaboration that is being shown by the Whole of Government, Fiji Sports Council, Fiji National Sports Commission, ONOC, FASANOC, ORADO and Media Partners, Sponsors in delivering this Championships. I am also impressed by people of Fijis’ support, ” said Mr. Adamfi.

The IWF Director General highlighted Dr. Robin Mitchel, the Chair of the Organising Committee and Mr. Atma Maharaj, President of Weightlifting Fiji for their tireless work delivering this World class event.

Fiji already successfully hosted Oceania Championships in 2004, 2010 and 2016 and is the first Pacific country to be given the hosting rights of a IWF World Championships.