The Youth Indonesia Weightlifting Championships were held from July 29 to August 6 at the Gor Ngurah Rai venue in Denpasar, Bali.
Altogether there were 160 participants from the following countries: Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
The competition was made possible through the funding of the Ministry of Youth and Sport Indonesia and spectators had the opportunity to witness a very good standard competition among the countries present. In the 56 kg the competition was tight between athletes from Indonesia and Thailand. Thailand did well in all the categories they competed winning gold however the Indonesian and Philippines youth competitors displayed great talent as well.
Medals were awarded for the snatch, clean& jerk and the total. Many countries have earmarked their willingness to compete at next year’s edition.
Major Genral Intarat Yodbangtoey, IWF 1st Vice President and Boossaba Yodbangtoey, AWF General Secretary also participated at the event.
On the last day, a coach and administrators’ seminar was also organized with special focus on the new bodyweight categories, the Olympic qualification and the very important topic of Anti-doping and athlete’s whereabouts.
Source: Aveenash Pandoo, IWF Coaching & Research Committee Member