It gives me great pleasure to announce that the Open Classic Powerlifting Championship 2023 will be the biggest in IPF history.
With 65 member nations taking part and over 400 lifters, 37 referees and 257 other officials, this is the largest and most diverse participation in any Open Classic World Championship ever. We look forward to meeting all attendees there for what is sure to be an unforgettable event.
Eurosport will live broadcast two entire Prime Time sessions, as well as showing highlight packages that will cover the entire event. This is sure to push our viewership higher than ever. Across the Olympic Channel and Eurosport platforms, we have had some 15 million views so far and we look forward to many more.
Our high quality and entertaining competitions have become more popular worldwide and there are increasing numbers of lifters from more and more countries striving to attend and compete. The number of new countries joining the IPF is still growing, and this is fantastic to see. It is clear to see the development of the sport under the IPF and our growth shows no sign of slowing.
As President of the IPF, I want to express my thanks to the member nations who nominated so many athletes, and to our lifters for working hard to make this historic Classic World Championship such an thrilling event. Through the athletes’ efforts and competitive spirit, the IPF can show the world what powerlifting is and how exciting competition can be. I also extend my thanks to the officials and all others who have contributed their time and energy to this competition: your effort is highly valued and appreciated.
I wish the lifters good luck and may you all fulfill your personal goals. Let fair play be your guiding principle as we grow and develop our wonderful sport.