Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games:  Weightlifting Is Ready Steady Tokyo!

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IWF – International Weightlifting Federation announced that the test event which will also serve as a Silver Level Qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games weightlifting competition, will commence at the Tokyo International Forum this weekend .

Weightlifting Ready Steady Tokyo is the first test event to involve the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which is organizing the event alongside the Japan Weightlifting Association, together with the support of the IWF – International Weightlifting Federation.

73 athletes from ten countries across three continents are confirmed entrants, with a Japan-China-Korea friendship tournament at the heart of the event. This approach to test events follows the guidelines established by the International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020.

IWF President Tamas Ajan said, “The IWF is very proud to have weightlifting become the first sport to feature in the READY STEADY TOKYO series,”  He added that “The preparations for the Tokyo 2020 weightlifting competitions have given us every reason to expect that this will be an outstanding Olympic Games for our sport and its leading athletes.”

Olympic and World Champions, medallists and world record holders are among a star-studded field, which includes Hirome MIYAKE (JPN) and Xiaojun LYU (CHN). A particularly gripping contest is expected in the women’s +87KG category, featuring IWF World Champion and World Record holder Tatiana KASHIRINA (RUS), Snatch World Record holder Wenwen LI (CHN) and Rio 2016 Olympic Champion Suping MENG (CHN). 

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