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Meanwhile in Weightlifting News …
After the IWF executive board meeting, president of Russian weightlifting – Maxim Agapitov – told the press that Europeans 2018 will be moved from March to November! (via)
[…] with the support of the leadership of the European Weightlifting Federation, it was decided that the Russian national weightlifting team would participate in the European Championships in 2018.
Remember that the one year bans were just announced and with those bans in effect (from October 2017 – October 2018) Russia and the other banned european nations on the list (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine) would not be able to participate at a European championships in March.
This would also help circumvent of having the hosting nation (Turkey) not being able to lift at the competition.
I received the news that this morning Antonio Urso (European Weightlifting Federation president) has sent an email to all EWF member federations saying that as of “today nobody take any decision to postpone the European Senior Championships 2018. Unfortunately this is fake news coming from Russian press”.
Insights: According to another EWF Board member:
- The Russians proposed postponing the Euros at the EWF Board meeting at the congress in Kosovo, but most member Federations are quite enraged by the proposal (some publicly, many privately).
- The European Championships has always been held at this time of year, and member federations have budgets and training plans well in place at this point.
- Many member federations of the EWF also plan their National Championships and domestic competition season around the European Championships.
- Member Federations have expressed their disquiet at the reports in the Russian media in writing and in person to the EWF Executive – no-one wants to let the banned nations compete at the 2018 Europeans.
- The EWF is very keen to see a different list of nations on the medal podium – letting nations with entire teams banned compete by changing the date of the competition is bad for the sport
- The BIG problem for the EWF – Turkey is the listed host venue, and they obviously can’t hold the competition there, but finding a venue for the European Championships is always hard, even harder at short notice
- The EWF has no real sponsors, and host nations have considerable expenses for hosting a competition like this. Most countries won’t get financial assistance from their governments to host a competition like this, because weightlifting is such a tiny sport in most countries.
- The actual decision for the venue will come at the EWF Board meeting held in Albania in conjunction with the European Junior & U23 Championships
The most likely outcomes of the EWF board meeting this weekend:
- Turkey will almost certainly not host the 2018 European Senior Championships;
- the Russians will almost certainly not get their way and it will go ahead at the end of March/start of April;
- a possible host venue which will be popular with everyone but Russia is Georgia, who are open to hosting the competition again (you heard it here first!). They put in a proposal to host it this morning.
- Looks like being Sweden (Halmstad) for 2018 and Georgia for 2019.
Junior Worlds moves from North Korea to Uzbekistan. (via)
This should make travel for a lot of people a lot easier.
The final decision of the IWF EB was to award the hosting rights of the 2018 IWF Junior World Championships to Uzbekistan. The Junior World Championships had originally been awarded two years ago to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.