IWF delegation praises preparation of the Junior Worlds in Leon (ESP)
An IWF delegation was in Leon (ESP) this week for a technical visit in preparation for the IWF World Junior Championships, taking place from September 19-27, 2024. Antonio Urso, IWF General Secretary, Antonio Conflitti, IWF Executive Board member and President of the European Weightlifting Federation, and Matyas Lencser, IWF Competition Manager were welcomed by the highest representatives of the Royal Spanish Weightlifting Federation, namely its President Constantino Iglesias, and its Secretary General Juan Lama.
From left to right: Juan Lama (SG Spanish WL Federation), Constantino Iglesias (President Spanish WL Federation), Antonio Urso (IWF General Secretary), Jose Antonio Diez Diaz (Mayor of Leon), Antonio Conflitti (EWF President), and Matyas Lencser (IWF Competition Manager)
While in Leon, a city situated in the northwest of the Iberian peninsula, the group had the opportunity to visit the hotels that will host the participants in the competition, as well as the venue where the event will take place. The Mayor of the City, Mr Jose Antonio Diez Diaz, received the weightlifting representatives in the Town Hall, where a Press Conference was held and the local media briefed about the details of the organisation.
Meeting with the Mayor of Leon
Finally, a visit to the CAR (National Training Centre) was also scheduled – a facility where members of Spain’s national team train frequently.
The competition venue
During the meeting between the IWF and the Spanish Federation, hosts of the Championships, all aspects related to the set-up of the event were analysed, namely the transportation and accommodation plan, the competition and training venue, the promotion of the event, TV production, or the anti-doping and visa procedures.
During the Press Conference
“It was quite a successful and fruitful visit, which confirmed our very positive expectation on an excellent organisation of these Championships. We were honoured to be received by the Mayor of Leon, proving that the local authorities are fully determined to support in the best possible way this important competition,” considered the IWF General Secretary. “Our gratitude also goes to the Royal Spanish Weightlifting Federation for its outstanding commitment and professionalism in setting-up a great event for our athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators,” Mr Urso concluded.