Weightlifting Is Waiting for a New Olympic Qualification Schedules

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The Executive Board of the Indonesian Weightlifting Association (PB PABSI), currently chooses to wait for a new schedule from the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was officially postponed until 2021.

The Head of the Pelatnas Head of the Indonesian Olympic Weightlifting Team, Dirdja Wihardja, said that all the Olympic qualifying rounds for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were now stopped. At present, the IWF is making a re-submission of qualifications on five continents for the IOC.

Until now, the Indonesian Team still escapes two of its lifter, namely Eko Yuli Irawan (61 kg male) and Windy Cantika Aisah (49 kg female). The Indonesian team still has the chance to increase its lifter at the Olympics through the World Weightlifting Championships in Romania March 14-20, and the Asian Weightlifting Championship scheduled for Kazakhstan, 7-15 April, which is also the qualification round for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. But now the second the event is still postponed until next May.

“The IWF has submitted a postponement letter for the 2020 Weightlifting World Championship and the 2020 Asian Weightlifting Championship in May. The IWF has also informed that the IOC will provide answers regarding the approval of the postponement schedule at the end of March or April 2020. We will wait,” he said when Wednesday (3/25/2020), as reported by Beritasatu.

At the 2020 Weightlifting World Championship and the 2020 Asian Weightlifting Championship, Indonesia had the opportunity to get four more lifters to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. They were Denny (67 kg men’s class) ranked 12th in the world, Rahmat Erwin Abdullah (73 kg) ranked 16th in the world, Nurul Akmal (class + 87kg) ranks 12th in the world, and Triatno (class 73kg) ranks 17th in the world.

“If two Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying round events can be held, they have the opportunity to pursue the world’s top eight rankings as a condition to win a ticket to Tokyo,” he explained.

Regarding whether the training program faced obstacles with the occurrence of the co-19 pandemic, Dirdja ensured that all national weightlifting athletes, especially the Olympic Pelatnas, continued to undergo training at the Marine Headquarters in Central Jakarta.

“The Olympic training program is not disrupted. To be honest, there is wisdom to be learned from the presence of the Covid 19 epidemic. Children can be more concentrated and not get out of the location of the national training plates that have been sterile. After training they immediately rest,” he said.

On the other hand, the Indonesian team lifter Windy Cantika admitted that he could only surrender to the news of the postponement of the Olympics. Now Windy chooses to focus ahead, because there are still many other events he will take part in.

“If it doesn’t, that’s it. Next year there will be SEA Games too. Some say it won’t be postponed because the schedule already exists, but in fact it was postponed,” he said.
While the men’s lifter, Eko Yuli admitted that the postponement of the Olympics must still be addressed wisely. Moreover, this is related to humanity and the world is currently struggling against the corona virus.

“As long as the Olympics are still being held and not canceled, I don’t think it will be detrimental. Delays can give athletes a longer preparation time. Just take the positive impact that our preparations can be longer,” concluded Eko.

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