Nobody would have thought at the beginning of the year that almost all events and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have to be cancelled or postponed due to a world pandemic.
To build on the hiatus of events during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Pan-American Weightlifting Federation together with the International Weightlifting Federation is introducing the:
1st Online PanAm Cup LIVE by ZKC.
The event aims to provide a safe competition opportunity for the athletes training at home by prioritizing health and safety at the time of the Pandemic.
Athletes have the choice to compete from their HOME (e.g., garage, terrace, garden, etc.) or, where they are allowed to do so, at their TRAINING FACILITY (e.g., national training centre, local club or gym, etc.).
The online event will be held this weekend – 18 to 19 July 2020, where around 70 Athletes from 15 countries will compete with each other. Weightlifters in the Female categories will compete on the 18th July (Saturday) and Male categories will be held on the 19th July (Sunday).
The competition will start at 10AM (GMT-5)/ 5PM (CET).
The live broadcast of the event can be followed by everyone on the IWF YouTube Channel.
What does it make this competition unique by holding it online?
- Athletes are lifting at the same time but at different locations, and all attempts will be taken by rounds,
- Athletes are lifting real weights in front of the camera, seeing each other’s attempts via video conference,
- Athletes are competing against each other – ensuring real competition atmosphere,
- Trying out a new competition format,
- The event will be supported by a commentator.
The event will be assisted by the IWF Technology and Information System (TIS) and International Technical Officials (ITOs).
As this competition will not strictly adhere to the IWF TCRR, the IWF / PAWF will not officially recognize the results and new record(s), however, there will be a virtual Medal Ceremony, awarding the Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist in each category, as usual, Snatch, Clean&Jerk and Total.
The full entry list will be available before the competition on the IWF website, under the IWF Competition Calendar.