A year after Belgorod, the second edition of the Russian President’s Cup moved to the banks of the Neva. It was a great challenge for the organizers to build up such an outstanding event so close to the London 2012 Olympic Games. At the end of this season, reaching a high level of preparedness is not an easy task for the top class athletes.
On stage competing besides well known Russian lifters such as Tatiana KASHIRINA, Silver Medallist in London or David BEDZHANIAN; young and promising athletes stood up on the podium in St. Petersburg.
At the Closing Ceremony, the Medal Winners were awarded the Prize Money from the Russian Weightlifting Federation and the main sponsors of the event.
In the presence of Mr. Pavel Belov, Vice-Chairman of the Committee for Physical Culture and Sports of the Government of St. Petersburg, all dignitaries expressed their commitment to carry on the tradition of hosting this high international level competition.
The participation and great support of Mr. Alexandr Gerasimenko, President of the Euro-Asian Weightlifting Federation, Mr. Sergey Syrtsov, President of the Russian Weightlifting Federation, Mr. Andrey Rybak, Vice Presidentof the RWF and Mr. Anton Kislyakov, Executive Manager of the RWF contributed to the success of the event.
IWF President Dr. Tamas Ajan expressed his contentment with regard to the outstanding organization of the event involving spectacular visual effects and impressive showcase of the sport. “The spectacle provided by the Russian Weightlifting Federation contributes to building a strong and modern image of our sport.” – He added.
See you at the 2013 President’s Cup to be held in Moscow!
Photos by Katerina Serdioukova