Top five to win Rio Olympics weight-lifting spots

NINETEEN countries and more than 200 athletes and team officials are in the country to participate in the Oceania Weightlifting Championship which begins today and will end on Saturday.

The championship will also allow the top five countries at the end of the competition to send an athlete each to the August Olympic Summer Games.

And Fiji Weightlifting Federation president Atma Maharaj has called on members of the public to come out in numbers and show their support as Fiji hosts another Oceania event which could see greater opportunities in future.

“This is a great occasion for Fiji and a great opportunity for Fiji to showcase its ability to host major events like this and also we have got the international president here together with continental vice-presidents, IWF executives including Commonwealth Weightlifting president and secretary general,” Maharaj said.

“I think they are already happy with the setup here and if we can back it up with the support of the people to not only cheer on the Fiji team but also show our support in this kind of event then we can be bidding for events like the World Youth, The World Junior Championship, so this is an important occasion for Fiji and we have taken it to the next level since we last hosted it in 2010 at the Yat Sen Hall, this is a major venue.”

President Jioje Konrote will open the championship at 5.30pm followed by the first session of the championship in the 50kg and 56kg category.

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