A delegation composed of Attila Ádámfi, Director General, Anikó Németh-Móra, Director of International Relations, Mátyás Lencsér, Competition Manager and Angélique Mottet, Operations Manager completed a Technical Visit to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, host of the 2018 IWF World Championships.
With their Turkmen partners, the IWF team inspected all the potential venues of competition, training and accommodation and selected the sites to be used for the Championships. The probable competition dates (10 days for the 20 bodyweight categories) are 1st to 10th November, with the meetings and Congress to take place prior. In addition to detailed discussions with the Weightlifting Federation’s President Berdinyyaz Myatiyev and General Secretary Charygeldi Mammedov, as well as with the Olympic Committee and its General Secretary Azat Muradov, the IWF representatives were received at the highest level by Turkmenistan’s newly appointed Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Dayanc Gulgeldiyev who also gave his and the Government’s guarantees to their determination to host a top-level and large-scale event in the capital city. The World Championships will be compact event with all venues and hotels in walking distance. At what is going to be the first World Championships to be hosted by Turkmenistan in any sport, the splendid facilities built for the 2017 AIMAG will now again be put to use enriching the legacy of the Games and creating new opportunities for weightlifting.