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Cali 2021: Young Athletes of the Americas Will Reach for the Sky

CALI, COLOMBIA (September 8, 2020) — Everything is ready and arranged in the “Sports Capital of America” and the “Salsa Capital of the World”, otherwise known as Cali, Colombia, for the realization of the first official event for the Cali-Valle 2021 Junior Pan American Games. Panam Sports announced the official dates of these Games one week ago after confirming the commitment and support of the Colombian Government, with 3,500 young athletes scheduled to compete in 27 sports from September 9 to 19, 2021. Following the tradition of the Americas’ continental Games, a great celebration will take place this Wednesday marking the One-Year Countdown to the Opening Ceremony of what will be the most important multisport event for young athletes throughout the world in the coming years. The top sport and government leaders have already confirmed their presence at the event, including the Governor of Valle del Cauca Clara Luz Roldan Gonzalez, the Director of Cali 2021 Jose Luis Echeverry and the Mayor of Cali Jorge Ivan Ospina who will all participate in the event in person from the Hotel Torre de Cali. Colombian President Ivan Duque, Sports Minister Ernesto Lucena and the President of the Colombian Olympic Committee, Baltazar Medina, will join the event remotely from the capital of Bogota, while Cali 2021 Coordination Commission and Puerto Rican Olympic Committee President Sara Rosario will join virtually from Puerto Rico. Panam Sports President and International Olympic Committee Member Neven Ilic will also join the celebration remotely from Santiago, Chile. While the organizers do not want to give anything away, they assured that surprises are in store for the city of Cali with the ceremony slogan indicating that “the young athletes of the Americas will reach for the sky”. (...) The event will be broadcast live and direct in Colombia by Telepacífico and will be live-streamed for all of the Americas and the world by the Panam Sports Channel beginning at 6:30 pm Eastern Time (5:30 pm in Cali, Colombia) on Wednesday, September 9th. TUNE-IN HOURS BY LOCATION 5:30 Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador 6:30 Miami, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago, Toronto, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico. 7:30 Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bermuda Source:

Weightlifting at the Antwerp Olympic Games – Celebrating 100 Years

It was exactly 100 years ago, that the sport of weightlifting was on the program of the Antwerp Olympic Games in 1920. The Antwerp Games was the seventh modern Olympic Games, and the third where weightlifting was included after 1896 in Athens (GRE) and 1904 in St. Louis (USA). 14 countries and 53 athletes competed in the five existing categories during the Games. There was a massive increase in the number of participating countries and athletes compared to Athens where just six men from five countries and the US where only five men from two countries took part in the events. In the five categories there was a Belgian, Italian and Estonian winner, while in the other two categories French lifters won the gold medals. Altogether seven countries won medals at the Games. In the ‘Olympisch Stadion’ which was built specifically for the Games, weightlifting was scheduled right after the athletics events, therefore the lifters competed in an open arena. At this time only male athletes could compete in weightlifting, as the first Olympic Games where female categories were introduced was the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. The youngest athlete, Michel Mertens (LUX) was only 18 years old, while the oldest athlete Albert Pettersson (SWE) who later won the bronze medal in the 75 kg category, was 35 years old. Among the athletes only one represented the world outside Europe, an Egyptian athlete. There were big nations missing even from Europe. Germany and Austria as losers of the war were not able to send athletes to the Antwerp Olympic Games. Let’s remember the medalist who won 100 years ago: 60kg Francois De Haes (BEL) – 220 kg Alfred Schmidt (EST) – 210 kg Eugene Ryther (SUI) – 210 kg 67,5kg Alfred Neuland (EST) – 257,5 kg Louis Williquet (BEL) – 240 kg Florimond Rooms (BEL) – 230 kg 75 kg Henri Gance (FRA) – 245 kg Pietro Bianchi (ITA) – 235 kg Albert Pettersson (SWE) – 235 kg 82,5kg Ernest Cadine (FRA) – 295 kg Friedrich Hünenberger (SUI) – 277,5 kg Erik Pettersson (SWE) – 267,5 kg +82,5kg Filippo Bottino (ITA) – 265 kg Joseph Alzin (LUX) – 260 kg Louis Bernot (FRA) – 255

Creativity, Diversity and Limitless Possibility Celebrated as LA28 Reveals New Emblem

Launching the official journey to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Los Angeles 2028, the Local Organising Committee unveiled its Games emblem with the stories that celebrate sport, art and the city’s unique community. Recognising that no one illustration could express all that Los Angeles and the Games represent, athletes, artists and advocates collaborated as LA28 creators in the development of the LA28 emblem, bringing their personal stories and dreams to life through their individual interpretations of LA. Creators who have shared their LA stories include Olympians Adam Rippon (figure skating), Alex Morgan (football), Chloe Kim (snowboard), Gabby Douglas (gymnastics), Ibtihaj Muhammad (fencing), Simone Manuel (swimming), Allyson Felix and Michael Johnson (both athletics). Joining them are Paralympians Lex Gillette and Scout Bassett (both athletics) and Oz Sanchez (cycling), as well as Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls Jamal Hill (swimming), Chantel Navarro (boxing) and Ezra Frech (athletics). Celebrities Billie Eilish (singer-songwriter), Reese Witherspoon (actress, producer and entrepreneur), Lilly Singh (storyteller), Alex Israel (multimedia artist, writer and designer), Bobby Hundreds (illustrator and designer), Steven Harrington (multimedia artist) and Lauren “Lolo” Spencer (disability lifestyle model and actress) have also contributed, alongside members of the local community – Aidan Kosaka (community leader), Chaz Bojórquez (graffiti artist), Dr Woo (tattoo artist), Jorge “El Joy” Alvarez (chef) and Rachel Sumekh (social justice leader). A strong and bold L, 2 and 8 serve as the foundation for the Olympic and Paralympic emblems, with individual stories expressed through a dynamic and ever-changing “A”. They are inspired by the infinite possibilities Los Angeles represents, honouring creativity, diversity, self-expression and inclusion. “There has never been a more important time to give rise to athlete voices,” said LA28 Chairperson Casey Wasserman. “Sports are a special part of our global culture, connecting people and fans across communities and around the world. The LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be a platform for individual stories of triumph, heartbreak and opportunity as we recognise and revere humanity’s diversity and dreams for the future.” Speaking about the new emblem, LA28 Coordination Commission Chair Nicole Hoevertsz said: "The emblem perfectly represents the city's energy, creativity and strong sense of community, whilst also celebrating the Olympic belief of unity in diversity. LA28 continues to create innovative ways to engage Angelenos and people from across the world in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The idea behind the emblem, and the expressions we have seen so far, truly demonstrate that we are stronger together." Adding to these points, LA28 Chief Athlete Officer and five-time Olympic medallist Janet Evans said: “Los Angeles defies a singular identity, and there’s not one way to represent LA. LA is what it is because of the people, and the LA28 Games should represent that. The best way to capture the energy of Los Angeles and the Games is through a collection of voices and cultures. Los Angeles is an infinite canvas to pursue your wildest dreams and, in 2028, thousands of Paralympians and Olympians will come to LA to chase their dreams on the global stage.” LA28 will mark Los Angeles’ third Olympic Games – previously held in 1932 and 1984 – and first Paralympic Games, which, up until 1988, were hosted at a different site than the Olympics. The LA28 Games will bring Los Angeles together to create an incredible experience for athletes, fans and everyone in the community, using Southern California’s existing world-class stadiums and venues. Ahead of the Games, thanks to support from the IOC, LA28 is investing USD 160 million in youth sport across Los Angeles, making sport more accessible for kids, particularly in under-resourced communities. The LA28 emblem will be shared through a collection of stories across social media (@LA28) and on the new website, which was launched today. Source:

IWF announces full composition of Athletes’ Commission

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) today announced the full composition of its interim Athletes’ Commission, as the federation continues to take steps towards enhancing the inclusion of athletes in the sport’s governance. The Commission will be chaired by Sarah Davies of Great Britain and comprises five male and five female athletes, with full voting rights. One man and one woman have been selected from each Continent to ensure global representation. The members were selected by the IWF Executive Advisory Commission from a pool of athletes nominated by 30 different Member Federations, and were then approved by the Executive Board. The two former Athletes’ Commission members – IWF Congress-elected Executive Board Member, Pyrros Dimas, and the current appointed athletes’ representative, Tom Goegebuer – assisted in the selection process. IWF Interim President Ursula Papandrea said: “We are delighted to announce the composition of our Athletes’ Commission and to get to work in ensuring greater athlete representation in our sport’s governance. We have accelerated the process for appointing the Commission members because we feel strongly that the athlete voice must be heard in our ongoing reform and governance changes. “We would like to thank all the Member Federations who proposed candidates and provided us with such an excellent pool of athletes to choose from. The quality and caliber of the candidates give us much confidence that our sport has a bright future in their hands.” Given the depth of applications that the IWF received, a decision was taken to only consider candidates from Member Federations who do not have representation on the Executive Board. In doing so, the IWF has been able to diversify its membership. In future there will be a formalized election procedure for athletes to elect their representatives. The full composition of the Athletes’ Commission can be found below: Continent Nation Name of athlete Africa Ghana (M) Forrester Christopher OSEI South Africa (W) Mona PRETORIUS Asia China (M) Lyu XIAOJUN Japan (W) Hiromi MIYAKE Europe Germany (M) Jurgen SPIESS France (W) Dora TCHAKOUNTE Oceania Australia (M) Damon KELLY New Zealand (W) Megan Ann SIGNAL Pan America Brazil (M) Fernando REIS Cuba (W) Marina de la Caridad RODRIGUEZ MITJAN Commission Chair: Sarah

Further IWF Events Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic – IWF Competition Calendar 2020 Update

During last week, IWF was notified by the corresponding Organizing Committees that further IWF Events shall be either cancelled or postponed to a later date due to the virus. List of IWF Events affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic: October European Championships – POSTPONED – New date to be confirmed (2021) November IWF Youth World Championships – CANCELLED - NEW FORMAT – Date and further information coming soon Pan-American Youth Championships – POSTPONED – New date to be confirmed Further Events European Youth Championships – New date and host to be confirmed (2021) In case there are any further changes in the calendar, the IWF Member Federations will be notified