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The Official Newsletter of the International Weightlifting Federation   7 June 2011      N°18
 

NATIONAL FEDERATIONS

NEW PRESIDENT FOR THE AUSTRALIAN WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION

The IWF would like to congratulate Professor Robert Mitchell who has been appointed as the new Australian Weightlifting Federation (AWF) President. The announcement was made at the AWF Special Board of Directors Meeting, held in Sydney, Australia on Saturday 28 May 2011.

Robert Mitchell has over four decades of involvement as a player, coach, administrator and coach educator in the sport industry. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and is a Registered Specialist in the State of New South Wales and the ACT. As an athlete Robert has been engaged Weightlifting, he was an Australian representative at the World Masters Weightlifting Championships in 2002, 2003 and 2006.

"It is indeed a humbling experience and a great honor to become the newly appointed President of the AWF and take hold of the reins held by former President Robert Kabbas, who has worked so effectively and tirelessly in leading the Federation since 2008" said Robert Mitchell.


SWEDEN HAS ELECTED A NEW PRESIDENT

After 14 year as President of the Swedish Weightlifting Federation (SWF), Benny Johansson retired. He was celebrated as one of the greatest Presidents and was elected as President of Honor within the Swedish Federation.

Jonny Kärkkäinen, former Member of the SWF Executive Board, was elected unanimously. Mr.Kärkkäinen is 52 years old and lives in the northern part of Sweden in a small town called Vilhelmina.


NEW GENERAL SECRETARY FOR THE HUNGARIAN WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION

Ms. Mária Takács became the new General Secretary of the Hungarian Weightlifting Federation. She was appointed on 28 May 2011. She entered the IWF Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 2006 to “eternity” by being one of weightlifting’s most successful female lifters. Having participated in 12 women’s World Championships, she captured 33 out of the maximum 36 medals.


COURSE FOR COACHES IN PUERTO RICO

During the last week of May, 2011, Dr. Kyle Pierce, Member of the IWF Coaching & Research Committee, offered a two day course for coaches in Puerto Rico. More than 30 weightlifting coaches along with physical education teachers in charge of the weightlifting program in the Island, enjoyed the talks based on the recent publication of the IWF Coaching & Research Committee titled: ”The IWF Club Coach Manual” where Dr. Pierce  co-authors with Lyn Jones and Michael Keelan.

The talks by Dr. Pierce were complemented by a two hour lecture on “Latest Modifications in International Refereeing”,   by David Colón Arroyo, General Secretary of the PRWF and Category 1 International Referee.

The amount of questions and discussion generated by these talks provides proof of the success of this series of lectures expected to be supported by the IWF Development Program in association with the Olympic Solidarity funds.


MASASHI OUCHI PASSED AWAY

The International Weightlifting Federation has been informed with deep sorrow about the death of Mr. Masashi OUCHI, 4 times Senior World Champion who passed away on 6 June 2011 at the age of 67.

Ouchi was born on 28 September 1943 in Koriyama City, Fukushima Japan. He started weightlifting in Fukushima then improved his career through Hosei University in Tokyo and Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.

He participated in the Olympic Games two times and got a Bronze Medal at the TokyoGames in1964and a Silver Medal in Mexico City at the 1968 Olympic Games.

In 1969 in Moscow, Russia Ouchi became World Champion in the Light-Heavy Category. Two times Gold Medallist at theAsian Games in 1966 and 1970, he set 10 world records. After he retired from competitions, he became the head coach of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and worked in the Japanese Weightlifting Association as an Executive Board Member.

The Weightlifting Family expresses its deepest condolences to the Japanese Weightlifting Association and to Mr. Masashi OUCHI’s relatives.

 

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

TEST EVENT TO GUARANTEE GREAT WEIGHTLIFTING COMPETITIONS IN SHENZHEN

FISU CT Chair for Weightlifting Anikó Németh-Móra, IWF Technical Delegate Attila Ádámfi and IWF Technology Director Róbert Nagy have been to a mission in Shenzhen, China, on the occasion of a Test Event for the 26th Summer Universiade. As it is known, weightlifting will feature for the first time on the program of the Universiade to be held in August in China's fastest developing city, Shenzhen.

The SU 2011 Organising Committee, alongside the Longgang District Government staged a 2-day Youth Weightlifting Invitational Tournament in the weightlifting venue just completed. The magnificent building which is to be found within the boundaries of the 2011 Universiade complex, belongs to the Shenzhen Sports School and can offer excellent conditions to the weightlifting events to take place from 13th to 18th August. The Test Event included the testing of the Competition Management System developed by China and seeking the IWF Technology Licence approval.

"All in all, we have been very satisfied with the Test Event and with some minor adjustments we can see the success of the SU weightlifting events guaranteed." stated the IWF delegates visiting Shenzhen. "It now remains only up to our membership to include their competitors in as high numbers as possible in their countries' Universiade delegations to make a breakthrough impression with weightlifting in Shenzhen," they added.

National Weightlifting Federations are invited to urgently contact their respective National University Sports Organisation/Federation to send weightlifters to the SU 2011.


A CALL TO THE WEIGHTLIFTING FAMILY!

In August 2011 weightlifting will feature for the first time on the official program of the 26th SUMMER UNIVERSIADE to be held in Shenzhen, China. After 10 IWF World University Cups and 2 FISU World University Championships, we want to make a powerful début and a convincing impression on the world that our sport's due place is in this prestigious event - the second largest to the Olympic Games.

Participation in the Summer Universiade (2011 SU - Shenzhen) administratively comes under the responsibility of the National University Sport Federations and combined FISU/IWF Rules. The IWF will oversee that the technical regulations are strictly kept and that the organisation of weightlifting is at world-class level at the 2011 SU Shenzhen. Events are the regular 8 men's and 7 women's categories, held 13-18 August, and medals are awarded in Olympic Games style (in Total).

Unless you have not yet done so, we urge all our National Weightlifting Federations to immediately contact your respective National University Sport Federation/Organisation to include weightlifters (academic students aged 17-28) in the Universiade delegation of your country!

Shenzhen, the fastest-developing Chinese city, close to Hong Kong, is offering Olympic-standard venues and conditions to the FISU family and the student athletes coming from all over the world to compete in 26 different sports. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity for your athletes and together, with a large participation in weightlifting, we shall put on a top-standard weightlifting event at the Shenzhen 2011 SU.

www.sz2011.org


EILAT TO HOST FRIENDLY WUC IN 2012


The technical visit just completed by FISU CT Chair for Weightlifting AnikóNémeth-Móra and FISU Championships Director Laurent Briel at Israel's famous resort on the Red Sea confirmed the conditions for the 3rd World University Weightlifting Championships the city will host in 2012. Eilat's brand new "Begin Sports Hall" will be the venue and organisers are aiming at putting up all participants at the same, comfortable hotel.

It should be remembered that the first ever University World Championships, held under the IWF, took place in Ramat Gan, Israel in 1998. As the host ASA (Academic Sport Association of Israel) President ArieRosenzweig and Organising Committee President Dr. Shimon Barak said: the 3rd World University Championships held under the auspices of FISU will welcome student weightlifters of all nations to a friendly and enjoyable competition in the wonderful surroundings of Eilat in November 2012.

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The technical inspection visit was combined with the 2011 edition of the "Friendship Games" - a unique basketball tournament welcoming university teams from Jordan, China, Israel, Cyprus, Greece and Palestine and serving as an excellent tool to promote friendship amongst these nations.

 

ANTI-DOPING NEWS

WADA SUSPENDS ACCREDITATION OF TURKISH DOPING CONTROL CENTER

WADA has suspended the accreditation of the Turkish Doping Control Center (TDCC) in Ankara, Turkey.

The suspension, which is effective as of May 30, 2011, prohibits the TDCC from carrying out any WADA-related anti-doping activities.

Pursuant to the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), WADA is responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting anti-doping laboratories, thereby ensuring that they maintain the highest quality standards.This monitoring is conducted in conjunction with ISO assessment by independent national accreditation bodies that are full members of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).

Whenever a laboratory does not meet ISL requirements, WADA may suspend the laboratory’s accreditation.

WADA will re-evaluate the status of the laboratory during the course of the suspension.

IOC NEWS

CELEBRATE THE OLYMPIC DAY


On 23 June, Olympic Day is celebrated all around the world: hundreds of thousands of people – young and old – get moving and participate in sporting and cultural activities, such as runs, exhibitions, music and educational seminars.  Over the last two decades, the event has helped to spread the Olympic ideals to every corner of the world. 

Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris.  The goal was to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.

Nowadays, Olympic Day is developing into much more than just a sports event. Based on the three pillars “move”, “learn” and “discover”, National Olympic Committees are organising sports, cultural and educational activities

This year’s Olympic Day is expected to get more people moving than any previous edition. More than 125 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in all continents have already committed themselves to organising sporting, cultural and educational events. Even if nothing is happening in your neighbourhood, you can join in the spirit of Olympic Day, get your trainers on and share with everybody on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube what you are doing! You could even win exciting prizes, such as a trip to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Get active and help us achieve record participation!

See here what your NOC is organising this year.

OLYIMPIC NEWS

LONDONERS JOIN TOGETHER TO LAUNCH NEW LONDON 2012 DIVERSITY PIN BADGE


The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has launched an age pin badge to celebrate one of London 2012’s six strands of diversity.

Londoners of all ages worked together on the design of the pin badge which shows the age progression of a person through a simple yet striking design.

Paul Deighton, LOCOG’s CEO, said: ‘We want the London 2012 Games to be an exciting and enjoyable experience for everyone – whether young or old. This pin badge demonstrates our commitment to leaving a legacy of greater inclusion and understanding of diversity long after the Games have finished. We want to reach out to all parts of the community and connect them with London 2012.’

 

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