World Open Championships in Dubai

Dear Athletes, Coaches and Officials,

It is with great pleasure that I can announce to you the upcoming IPF World Open Championships in Dubai will have 155 Men and 94 Women taking part – Also, included there will be 15 Special Olympic Powerlifters.

I am very happy to see so many lifters attending this competition and I wish each athlete delivers their best performance and achieves their goals.

On Sunday, November 17, we shall conduct our annual General Assembly. It is an important General Assembly as we shall conduct our elections. It is important that all member federations are present to vote – you have a voice, even though you may not have lifters attending the Congress.  I kindly and respectfully request that you continue to support me as your President and most importantly my team of committed and dedicated volunteers that make it all go. I’m very proud of their successes and I look forward to our work together the next four years to each our goals!

Each year, we deliver a large amount of important news shall be provided to our member Federations – I shall also deliver to you my vision for the future of our sport. 

Many VIPS shall attend this year’s championship from the IWGAGAISFAIMSSOI and most importantly, the IOC.  It is important that you attend our World Championships so that you can get a picture that everything that we have achieved the past four years is going in the right direction and that we have done our work!

Even despite not yet achieving IOC recognition yet, we shall never give up and we shall keep achieving our goals. On Wednesday, at 1500 hrs, we shall have a conference titled, -- United Through Sports – United in Powerlifting - given by Julia Govinden, their CEO. Please do not miss this exceptional program. Speakers at this conference, shall be as follows; The IPF President, Representative from the IOC Sports Department; Joachim Gossow CEO from the IWGA (International World Games Association), Jennifer Thompson, IPF athlete, Stefan Fox the AIMS President and GAISF Vice President. The closing speech shall be delivered by Julia Govindan. After the Conference speakers, we will have a podium discussion about the topics of the speakers and directly after closing the discussion we will award all our Hall of Fame Members for the class of 2019. The closing speech will come from me. 

We hope that all our member Federation’s that will be present will join this very important and interesting meeting as it will very important to show your interest in something very special and to show respect to all the people that will attend our event. We want to show that Powerlifting is a sport for all. 

Thank you in advance for your attendance and I look forward to seeing you in Dubai


Gaston Parage
International Powerlifting Federation

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