The International Sports Committee (IOC) has officially issued a proposed revision schedule to the International Weightlifting Committee (IWS) for the Tokyo Olympic qualifications.
Reporting from Tokyo2020.org, Olympic qualification, the plan will last for seven months, namely as of October 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021.
This decision, that is, made various championships that were previously delayed and canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic, would again be able to be rescheduled. IWF also dares to provide guarantees, if the points previously collected by qualifying lifter members will not be forfeited, and will still be counted on the new qualifications later.
This situation makes the lifter still holds the opportunity to be able to win tickets to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which will be held in 2021. IWF also issued a statement, that the lifter who already holds a ticket passed the qualification, is expected to still be able to attend at least one event on the latest schedule.
“IWF is aware of the hard work of the lifter and all those who support it to be able to perform in Tokyo 2020. Maintaining lifter progress is vital for us, including ensuring that everyone has the same opportunities as before the pandemic,” said Acting President of IWF Ursula Papandrea.
While from the Motherland, the Head of Development and Achievement (Kabid binpres) PB PABBSI Alamsyah Wijaya also immediately responded to the IWF’s decision. He is optimistic, if the Indonesian Team athletes will be able to qualify properly.
PABBSI itself, now has three names of athletes who have confirmed a place at the Tokyo Olympics. They are, Eko Yuli Irawan (61 kg), Windy Cantika Aisyah (49 kg) and Nurul Akmal (+87 kg).
With the latest decision of the IWF, according to Alamsyah PABBSI will aim to be able to add two more athletes who qualify for the biggest sporting event on earth. So the hope, in total there are five national athletes who go to Tokyo.
That hope will be hung from the two championships that will take place. Namely the Junior World Weightlifting championship which will be followed by Cantika and Erwin Abdullah (73 kg). Also added were the Asian Weightlifting Championships, which would send Eko Yuli and Triyatno (73 kg).
“We are sure that two more lifter can escape,” Alamsyah was quoted as saying by KalbarOnline.com.
Furthermore PB PABBSI wishes to continue to maintain the tradition of weightlifting medals in participation in the Olympics. Great expectations in 2021 in Tokyo will be able to gain a better achievement than Rio 2016. At that time Indonesian weightlifters successfully donated two silver medals, from Sri Wahyuni Agustiani (48 kg) and Eko Yuli Irawan (62 kg).