Fiji to Host 2019 IWF Junior World Championships

Minister for Youth & Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou. Photo: MINISTRY OF YOUTH.

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou, has congratulated Weightlifting Fiji for securing the rights to host the 2019 IWF Junior World Championships in Suva.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Executive Board today unanimously decided to award the hosting rights for the 2019 IWF Junior World Championships to Weightlifting Fiji and the city of Suva, FIJI.

Hon. Tuitubou received the announcement this afternoon and said; “This is good news for the sport of weightlifting and Fiji as a whole.”

“I extend Fiji’s appreciation to the President of Weightlifting Fiji, Atma Maharaj, Fiji’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Fiji to Japan, His Excellency, Mr Isikeli Mataitoga, and all that made this bid successful,” said Hon. Tuitubou.

“Government fully supports this bid and we will ensure that the event is a success come 2019,” said the Youth and Sports Minister. “We have displayed in the past that we can successfully host international sporting events and I believe Fiji will be ready come 2019.”

Hon Tuitubou also said that Fiji will be the first country in the Oceania and Pacific Island to organise and host an IWF World Championship, the last being held in 1993 in Melbourne, Australia.

Fiji Weightlifting President Atma Maharaj, during the submission, advised the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Executive Board that ONOC President and Patron of Weightlifting Fiji, Dr Robin Mitchell, has agreed to take the position of Organizing Committee Chair.

“This demonstrated the calibre of our organizing Team and added to the level of confidence for the Executive Board Members,” said Mr Maharaj.

“The IWF President and Secretary-General spoke enthusiastically about their warm welcome and the high quality of the Continental Qualification event for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games which Fiji hosted,” said Mr Maharaj. “This helped the newly elected Executive Board to gain confidence in Fiji’s ability to host this World event.”

The dates of the Championships will be confirmed by the IWF in the next few weeks and the event is expected to attract 500 Athletes and Team Officials from more than 50 participating countries.

Mr Maharaj added that together with the IWF Executive Board and Committees, Technical Officials, parents and supporters, this number is expected to exceed 700.