The IOC Olympic Solidarity allocated its Olympic Scholarships for Athletes ?Beijing 2008? and as many as 43 weightlifters are among the awardees. The primary aim of the Olympic Scholarship is for the athlete to qualify for the Beijing Olympic Games and it includes an important subvention on a monthly basis, providing for an effective and smooth preparation of the athlete from now until the 2008 Olympic Games.
Much to the IWF?s pleasure, in each Olympic cycle more and more weightlifters apply for and are granted such financial assistance (the procedure is application through the NOC). In the coming 28 months 32 male and 11 female weightlifters representing 23 nations, from Albania to Vietnam, can enjoy the benefits of this valuable support.