Post Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:39 pm

Romania to the rescue for threatened European Weightlifting

Romania to the rescue for threatened European Weightlifting Championships

The 2018 European Weightlifting Championships will take place next month as planned after the Romanian Weightlifting Federation stepped in at short notice to save the event.

Romania is the fifth nation to have been put forward as host for the Championships, which would have been postponed until later in the year had they not come to the rescue.

Six days of competition, from March 26 to April 1, will take place at a multi-sports complex in Izvorani, near Bucharest, which was built by the state after Romania's outstanding performances at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Although a Romanian newspaper reported last week that Bucharest would host the Championships, the event was in the balance until today, when difficulties regarding television coverage were finally resolved and paperwork was completed.

"I hope and believe we will have a good Championships," said Alex Padure, general secretary of the Romanian Weightlifting Federation.

"At such short notice it was impossible, unfortunately, to find a venue in the heart of Bucharest.

"But the Sydney 2000 complex is a fine venue, and it has hosted weightlifting before - it was the venue for the 2012 European Youth Championships."

Hasan Akkus, general secretary of the European Weightlifting Federation (EWF), said: "The venue is fine, the accommodation is fine, and we will be able to use an indoor tennis centre as our training venue."

Entries were due to close this week but because of the late announcement of the new venue, and because some nations will now be able to travel by road, the deadline has been extended until February 13, Akkus said.

Romania was earlier overlooked when it bid for the Championships in October.

The original venue was Antalya, but Turkey's one-year suspension, imposed by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) for multiple doping offences, forced them to withdraw as hosts.

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