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05.01.2017

Rebeka Koha, Rising Sports Star of the Year

NBA basketball club New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and heptathlete Laura Ikauniece-Admidina were named the Athletes of the Year at the 12th Latvian Annual Sports Awards ceremony in December, 2016. The other contenders were skeleton racer Martins Dukurs and his brother Tomass Dukurs, boxer Mairis Briedis, bobsledder Oskars Melbardis, and sprint canoer Aleksejs Rumjancevs. […]

05.01.2017

Ken Carr-Braint passed away

In 1954, Ken Carr-Braint founded the Apollo Barbell Club in an empty garage. As of today, the club became one of the most respected weightlifting training centres in Canada, producing international and national champions. Founder of the Ontario Weightlifting Association and the Ontario and Canadian youth championships, Carr-Braint also tackled the administrative side of the […]

04.01.2017

Dancing for a cause: Kiribati’s climate activist Olympic weightlifter

Few casual observers would recall the winner of the men’s 105kg weightlifting category at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Many, though, will remember the athlete with the broad smile who danced his way into a 14th-placed finish. David Katoatau is an unlikely climate change activist. An affable weightlifter from Kiribati, a collection of […]

02.01.2017

Born on the same day – Olympic champion at the same time

What a coincidence; even though Petr Korol and Valery Shariy were not born the same year, they were both born on the 2nd of January. They became Olympic gold medallists in Montreal at the 1976 Olympic Games as members of the Soviet team. Korol, who was born in 1941 – already passed away – achieved his […]

29.12.2016

Weightlifters were voted as Athlete of the Year in Georgia

Lasha Talakhadze was voted as Athlete of the Year in Georgia by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs. Talakhadze, the Gold medal winner and the World record holder of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, was the frontrunner and a clear favorite to win this award. Last year’s winner, wrestler Vladimer Khinchagashvili was second. The […]

28.12.2016

Weightlifting in Teleton in Chile

Teleton is a charity event held in Chile on a yearly basis since 1978. The major Chilean television networks hold a 27-hour transmission to raise funds to help children with developmental disabilities treated at Instituto de Rehabilitacion Infantil (“Infant Rehabilitation Institute”) centers of the Fundación Teleton. In Chile, the transmission of Teletón is an event […]

27.12.2016

Anti-Doping Seminar in Sucre, Bolivia

A successful Anti-Doping Seminar was held on 10 December in Sucre, Bolivia on the eve of the South American U15 and U17 Championships. Mr. Marcelo Munoz, Doping Control Officer and Pharmacist spoke in front of 70 participants, among them athletes, Technical Officials and the officials of South-American IWF Member Federations. The participants could hear a […]

23.12.2016

Association of the South-American Weightlifting Coaches

During the Under 17 and Under 15 South American Championships in Sucre, Bolivia; the Weightlifting Coaches of South-America formed their Association in presence of Jose Quinones, South-American Confederation President and IWF Vice President. The South-American Weightlifting Confederation is happy to announce the creation of this platform of common interest, including education, anti-doping activity and modern […]

22.12.2016

Season’s Greetings 2017

Please note that due to the holidays the IWF office will close partly from 23 December 2016 until 2 January 2017. On the occasion of the Festive Season, the IWF Secretariat wishes you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

22.12.2016

Thai National Sports Day and Award Ceremony

Thai Amateur Weightlifting Assocation (TAWA) has been honored in receiving numerous outstanding awards presented by Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Sports & Tourism and Permanent Secretary of Sports & Tourism Ministry on December 16th, 2016 at Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT).  The following outstanding personalities awarded are members of our weightlifting family: Outstanding Sport […]

22.12.2016

Spanish Weightlifting Federation Elections

The Spanish Weightlifting Federation Elections were held on 17th December 2016 in the City of Madrid. Mr. Constantino Iglesias was unanimously elected as President with the eligible votes from the representatives of all Regional Federations, Clubs, Coaches, Referees and athletes in Spain. The former President, Mr. Emilio Estarlik received recognition for his long term work […]

22.12.2016

Coaching Course in Bangkok, Thailand

Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association (TAWA) has just concluded a Coaching Course in the framework of the IWF Development Program 2016. The program was called “Advanced Level for Coach” and was held on 16–18 December 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. Main objectives were to develop and strengthen coaching knowledge on an advanced level i.e. Weightlifting Injury and […]

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