Weightlifting appoints 2016 Rio Olympic Games Manager

Weightlifting appoints 2016 Rio Olympic Games Manager

The 2019 IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) Junior World Championships (JWC) Organising Committee has appointed Brazilian, Pedro
Meloni, as its Competition Manager.

33-year-old Pedro was the Sport Manager for the Weightlifting and Powerlifting tournaments at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, respectively, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Pedro has built a reputation of running weightlifting meets and comes highly recommended. He has organized a number of major World events including;
• International Consultant for the 2018 IWF World Championships, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
• Competition Director for the 2018 American Open Series III, Las Vegas, NV, the biggest weightlifting event in history with 1652 athletes.
• Competition Director for 2017 IWF World Championships, Anaheim, USA.
• Competition Director for the 2017 Pan American Championships, Miami – USA.
• Competition Manager, Weightlifting & Powerlifting Competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games & 2016 Paralympic Games.

He is currently the Director of Events & Sponsorship at USA Weightlifting.

Pedro will be arriving in Fiji in April together with a delegation from the International Weightlifting Federation for a Technical Visit to review the preparations for the event.

He will be based in Suva for 2 weeks prior to the World Championships.

As Competition Manager, Pedro is already involved in reviewing and planning of the technical aspects of the Championships.

The 2019 IWF JWC will be held from June 1-8, 2019 at the newly renovated Vodafone Arena. This will be the first International Event at the venue post renovations.

Dr Robin Mitchell, Chair of the JWC Organising Committee said, “Fiji is fortunate to have secured a high-quality and experienced expert for such an important role. The Competition Manager ensures that prior to the event the Organising Committee has prepared the best conditions for the athlete to perform at their best. His international experience will ensure that the Championships in Fiji is going to be a great experience for the international visitors and local sports enthusiasts”.

Meanwhile, Atma Maharaj, President Weightlifting Fiji (WF) said, “WF has organised two of the best-in-class Oceania Championships in 2010 & 2016. We are keen to ensure the rest of the World gets to experience the same Pacific spirit and we believe Pedro is the man to make it happen”.

The Fiji Government is fully supporting the event and has provided funding to ensure that the technical equipment and facilities meets all the requirements of
the IWF. Mr. Maritino Nemani, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth Sports was “pleased with the preparations to date and is working closely with
the Fiji National Sports Commission and Fiji Sports Council to ensure that the facilities provided by Government meet with the requirements for hosting this International event.

The Championships are 4 months away and a lot of work has to be done, said Atma. “We’ve ordered specialist equipment for the Championships and are
working closely with Fiji National Sports Commission and Fiji Sports Council in relation to the Championships and the venue” he said.

“The Championships will also be a qualification tournament for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games”, he said.

Fiji is expecting to host close to 400 athletes and officials from over 50 countries.

This is the first time a country from the Pacific Region is hosting a World Weightlifting Championship competition.

Weightlifting Fiji is thankful to International Weightlifting Federation, the Fiji Government, Fiji National Sports Commission, Fiji Sports Council, Fiji Association of Sports & National Olympic Committee (FASANOC), Sponsors, Media and the public for their support