Dear lifters and officials, dear friends

The first Classic Bench Press World Championship has been held in Potchefstroom, South Africa with 260 lifters competing.
It was not bad attendance but not what we expected. I think it was because it this event was decided at the congress meeting in November and so it was not enough time for all the nations to make changes in their calendar.

So we are confident that next year many more lifters will take part. Nonetheless, a lot of records were achieved and...

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Dear lifters, officials and friends,

The World Equipped Bench Press Championship held In Rödby, Denmark is now over.
Firstly, I am very sad that I could not be there as it was a well-organized World Championship.
I want to express my thanks to Anders Pedersen, his team and the Danish Powerlifting Federation who organized this great championship.

They took over when our good friend, Tommy Knudsen passed away. I am sure Tommy would be proud of you all for making this championships a big success.


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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, 

It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of one of the greatest female powerlifters from the Bahamas Powerlifting Federation, Natasha Newbold. 

We have been informed that Natasha passed away on Monday morning at the age of 52 after a long illness.

Natasha was a champion powerlifter and also worked tirelessly as General Secretary of the Bahamas Powerlifting Federation.

Natasha is survived by three daughters and two grandchildren, and I extend my sincere...

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Dear all,

The recent Arnold’s in Ohio was a great advertisement of our sport.  First I want to thank Priscilla Ribic our 2015 World Champion. Aside from all the hard training that she did to become the World Champion in my home country last November, she also found the time to work very hard to put this event together with Larry Maile to make the Arnold’s a huge success.

Both Priscilla and Larry are IPF Hall of Fame members and have been organising this great event over many years with a growing...

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On behalf oft he IPF, I wish you all the best to host this Masters, Open, Sub-junior and Junior Bench Press Worlds 2016 in Lalandia Rödby Denmark. 

Tommy Knudsen former Meet Director and good friend, had sent in the original bid for this event.  Unfortunately, Tommy passed away last year and this has been a very big loss for our lovely sport.  I want to take this opportunity to remember Tommy Knudsen and to dedicate this World Championship to his memory. He was a great organizer and also a very...

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

As we launch into 2016 I bring to your attention the significance of a particular event on the IPF calendar - the Open World Championships in November to be held in Orlando, Florida USA.  This event is the qualifying event for the World Games in 2017 which will be held in Wroclaw, Poland.

The World Games is an international, top-class multi-sport event. It is under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee and thus it explicitly accepts and adheres to all...

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Dear lifters, dear officials,

One more year comes to an end and we have made great progress in the IPF.
All the progress we have achieved is because of our team-work within the IPF commissions, media team and EC members.
Therefore I take this opportunity to thank you all because without this volunteer work from the bottom to the top, our progress would not be possible.

A lot of volunteers work hard in the IPF like this because of their love of the sport and they do it from their heart.
They often...

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Today we are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Samoan Powerlifting Federation President and Coach, Aitken Fruean. Aitken was a very well respected member of the IPF community, a dedicated and selfless Coach and a true gentleman. On behalf of all in the IPF and the Executive Committee, I offer my sincere condolences to Aitken's wife and family, his athletes, friends and all who are grieving. Rest in Peace, Aitken Fruean. 

Gaston Parage
IPF President

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