Chinese team impressed by beautiful scenery, well prepared competition facilities

The recently reelected President of the Chinese Weightlifting Association, ZHOU Jinqiang, thanked the Fiji weightlifting federation and organizing committee for a well prepared 2019 Junior World Championships Monday in Suva.

“I’m so happy to be here in Fiji,” ZHOU said. “Our countries have a very good relationship.” Impressed by the comfortable hotel and easy transportation, ZHOU attributed much of his team’s success to the forethought of the organizing committee.

“They’ve provided us and all of the teams with very good accommodation and transportation,” he said. “That’s why we have good results.”

The 2019 Junior World Championship team from China consists of eight athletes, four men and four women. With only two of those athletes yet to compete, China has won three Junior World Championship titles, eight gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal.

ZHOU invited the Fijian weightlifters to visit china in hopes with the goal of growing the sport of weightlifting internationally. “I would like to send the Chinese team back here to Fiji to promote weightlifting together in our two countries.”

The President of the Fijian Weightlifting federation, Atma Maharaj, says he share’s ZHOU’s aspirations of furthering the sport of weightlifting in Fiji and abroad, part of his motivation for hosting the championship. “We want to be able to set up new high-performance centers in our country,” he said. “We want to be able to propel the sport even further.”

Fiji entered eight athletes in the competition, more than they’ve entered ever before at a world championship.