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CWA President is impressed with the JWC in Fiji

Chinese Weightlifting Association President praised Weightlifting Fiji for hosting well-prepared championships.

Chinese team impressed by beautiful scenery, well-prepared competition facilities

The recently re-elected President of the Chinese Weightlifting Association, ZHOU Jinqiang, thanked Weightlifting Fiji and Organizing Committee for a well prepared 2019 Junior World Championships Monday in Suva.

“I’m so happy to be here in Fiji,” ZHOU said. “Our countries have a very good relationship.” Impressed by the comfortable hotel and easy transportation, ZHOU attributed much of his team’s success to the forethought of the Organizing Committee.

“They’ve provided us and all of the teams with very good accommodation and transportation,” he said. “That’s why we have good results.”

The 2019 Junior World Championships team from China consists of eight athletes, four men and four women. With only two of those athletes yet to compete, China has won three Junior World Championship titles, eight gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal.

ZHOU invited the Fijian weightlifters to visit China in hopes with the goal of growing the sport of weightlifting internationally. “I would like to send the Chinese team back here to Fiji to promote weightlifting together in our two countries.”

The President of the Weightlifting Fiji, Atma Maharaj, says he shares ZHOU’s aspirations of furthering the sport of weightlifting in Fiji and abroad, part of his motivation for hosting the championship. “We want to be able to set up new high-performance centres in our country,” he said. “We want to be able to propel the sport even further.”

Fiji entered eight athletes in the competition, more than they’ve entered ever before at a World Championships.