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Stephen and Coffa retain leadership roles at Oceania Weightlifting Federation elections

Marcus Stephen and Paul Coffa have both been re-elected unopposed to the top two positions in the Oceania Weightlifting Federation (OWF). Other important decisions made at the OWF Congress in Sydney, Australia at the weekend included the awarding of the next two continental senior championships, which feature in the qualifying programme for Paris 2024. The 2023 Oceania Championships will run concurrently with the Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands next November-December, and the 2024 Championships will be a few months later in Auckland, New Zealand, at the end of February. Stephen, from Nauru, is beginning his fourth term as President, a role he will hold until 2024. Coffa, an Australian who coached Stephen in the 1990s and has been involved in Oceania weightlifting for more than half a century, continues as secretary general. The next Electoral Congress is less than two years away - before or just after the Paris 2024 Olympic Games - because the Congress in Sydney was two years later than planned, having been delayed by COVID-related postponements. Simon Kent of New Zealand is one of two new vice-presidents elected. The other is Della Shaw Elder of Fiji, who was elected unopposed as the female vice-president, a role which is required under the OWF Constitution. Shaw Elder was just a few votes short of being elected to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Executive Board at its Electoral Congress in June and could, if she stands for OWF President in 2024, become the first female leader of any continental federation in the sport. Dika Toua, one of the biggest stars in weightlifting in Oceania, will hope to qualify for a sixth Olympics in Paris ©Getty Images Last year Shaw Elder was among those who complained to Coffa and Stephen about the way the OWF was being governed. Fiji was one of nine federations who wrote in May 2021 to call for elections at an Extraordinary Congress, but none were held until this weekend. The proceedings in Sydney were "very successful and held in a most friendly atmosphere", Coffa said. Two vice-presidents were re-elected, Jerry Wallwork of Samoa and Luisa Peters of Cook Islands. Three new members of the Executive Board were voted in - John Davis of Northern Marianas, Edgar Molinos of Guam and Stevick Patris of Palau. The assistant secretary is Lilly Coffa, technical chair is Sam Coffa, and masters chair is Coral Quinell - all Australian. The medical co-chairs are Dr Lisimoni Kami of Tonga and Dr Lawrence Teariki Puni of Cook Islands. Next year’s Oceania Youth and Junior Championships will be held on a date to be decided in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Oceania lifters, who were inconvenienced more than any other continent by COVID travel restrictions, had a successful year, winning 10 medals at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The continent’s two gold medallists in Birmingham, the multiple junior world record holder Eileen Cikamatana of Australia and the ever-improving Samoan Don Opeloge, will both be aiming for good results in December at the 2022 IWF World Championships in Bogota, Colombia. Another of Oceania’s big names, 38-year-old Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea, is hoping to qualify for the Olympic Games for a record sixth time. Source : Brian Oliver–

Pan American Junior Championships and South American Championships

Last week took place the Pan American Junior Championships in Lima, Peru together with the South American Junior & Youth Championships and the South American U15 Championships. This was the first international weightlifting event where athletes competed on two platforms at the same time. Totally 17 countries have sent weightlifters to participate at least at one of the four events. Hampton Morris from USA broke his own junior world record, with a 163 kg in clean and jerk. Besides this world record, several Pan American and South American records have been broken. The different delegations expressed their satisfaction with the two platforms event and welcomed this initiative to be used more time in the future. The whole event can be looked back at the Youtube channel of the Pan American Weightlifting Federation.   


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IWF President, AWF Vice-President meets with the Jinju Organizing Committee ahead of 2024 Olympics Qualification Events

Major figures from the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and Asian Weightlifting Federation (AWF) visited Jinju from the 20th to the 22nd of October 2022. The visits were made by the official invitation of Jinju City and the organizing committee of the 2023 Jinju Asian Weightlifting Championships for promoting Jinju City's charm and discussing agendas to successfully host the Events. A total of eight figures were invited including Mohammed Hasan JALOOD, president of the IWF, Abdullah Mohammed JARMAL, Vice President of the AWF, and Sung-Yong CHOI, President of the KWF. Kyoo-il CHO, Mayor of Jinju city, prepared a discussion table and hosted the figures at the city hall's general business room on the 21st. "As the coming Championships is the first official international sports event in Jinju and an flagship competition to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics, we will perform our best excellency in the preparation," he said. "We ask for the warm attention and support from the president of the IWF, vice president of the AWF, and president of the KWF so that all federal members of the Asian Weightlifting can join the event.” "IWF will endeavor various ways to help North Korea participate in the 2023 Jinju Asian Weightlifting Championships. Also, we ask Jinju city for cooperation to help small Asian countries have a chance to participate in the Championships," said Mohammed Hasan JALOOD, president of the IWF, “IWF will officially invite Kyoo-il CHO - the mayor of Jinju city, to the World Weightlifting Championships held in Bogotá, Colombia.” Abdullah Mohammed JARMAL, vice president of the AWF, said the 2023 Jinju Asian Weightlifting Championships is an important competition to qualify for the Paris Olympics. “AWF will do our best to help Asian countries enter the event." he said, "We hope Jinju city to fully ready for accommodation, transportation services, and visa issuance so that not only attracts more Asian countries to participate but also be recalled as a magnificent international event.” The delegation inspected Jinju Arena - the competition hall, function rooms, and training areas necessary for holding the competition, hence discussing issues necessary for holding the competition. In the evening, they visited the Namgang Yudeung Festival, Korea's honorary representative cultural tourism festival. Source: Jinju Organizing Committee for the 2023 Asian Weightlifting

ORIS meeting for the Olympic Games Paris 2024

The meeting of the Weightlifting Working Group of Olympic Results and Information Services (ORIS) was held from 12 – 14 October 2022 in Montreux, Switzerland.Weightlifting was represented by IWF Executive Board Member & IF Delegate for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 Matthew Curtain (remote attendance), Matyas Lencser, IWF Competition Manager and Jacqueline White, Paris 2024 Weightlifting Sport Manager. Other attendees included Project lead Nicolas Hurel (IOC Head of ORIS), and other members of the IOC ORIS, ATOS and Omega teams.The Working Group considered the implementation experiences from Tokyo 2020, defined the technical requirements to be delivered at Paris 2024, and updated the overall document in accordance with the latest IWF Technical and Competition Rules & Regulations (TCRR) and the Olympic Qualification

New Asian Records in M+109kg – Final day of the 2022 Asian Championships

The last day of the competition featured the Men 109kg, the Women +87kg and the Men +109kg categories. Men 109kg category The overall winner of the category was Rasoul Motamedi Sedeh (IRI) who at last years World Championships won the M102kg category. This time with 180kg-217kg-397kg won all the Gold medals of the category. Silver medal in all disciplines went to Bekdoolot Rasulbekov (KGZ) with 173kg-216kg-389kg, while the Amir Azizi (IRI) collected the Snatch Bronze with 166kg and Bing-Cheng Dong (TPE) took the C&J, Total Bronze medals. Men 109kg Total Podium @Bahrain Weightlifting Federation Women +87kg category In Snatch portion of the program two Kazakh teammates, Aizada Muptilda and Lyubov Kovalchuk made the two first places on the podium with 120kg and 115kg. The Snatch podium was completed by Nurul Akmal (INA) with 114kg, which was only 1kg less than at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games where she placed 5th. In C&J, Muptilda once again won with three perfect lifts (147-152-157kg). This time Akmal placed 2nd with 153kg and Kovalchuk finished 3rd with151kg. Total Podium was as follows: Aizada Muptilda (KAZ) - 277kg Nurul Akmal (INA) - 267kg Lyubov Kovalchuk (KAZ) - 266kg Women +87kg Total Podium @Bahrain Weightlifting Federation Men +109kg category The 2022 Asian Championships concluded with the Men +109kg category.  We couldn't have wished for better finish to the competition as Gor Minasyan not only won 2 Gold medals (Snatch and Total) and 1 Silver (C&J) for the host country, Bahrain but also set a new Asian Record in Snatch with 210kg and in Total with 452kg. In Snatch, the 2nd place went to Tokyo 2020 Silver medalist Ali Davoudi (IRI) with 195kg and his teammate Mohsen Dadrasasl (IRI) finished 3rd with 190kg. In the last C&J of the Asian Championships Davoudi won with 243kg and while he tried to set a new Asian Record with 250kg, it was a no lift at the end. The Bronze medal of the category went once again to Dadeasasl with 217kg. Total Podium was as follows: Gor Minasyan (BRN) - 452kg (NEW ASIAN RECORD) Ali Davoudi (IRI) - 438kg Mohsen Dadrasasl (IRI) - 407kg Gor Minasyan (BRN) @Bahrain Weightlifting