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  1. I watched the live stream of day 2 of the online...

    I watched the live stream of day 2 of the online Oceania Championships today.

    Ms. Cikamatana did a fairly relaxed looking 102/110/117x and 130/140/150x @ 84.7
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    There was only four days between the official...

    There was only four days between the official announcement of the IWF World Championships and the closing deadline for preliminary entries.

    That's pretty brutal. I don't expect there will be a...
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    My wording was a bit clumsy, but yes. The World...

    My wording was a bit clumsy, but yes. The World Championships are being held in Tashkent and they will also serve as the Commonwealth Senior Championships.

    The reason for this is that none of the...
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    It has been confirmed. The 2021 Senior World...

    It has been confirmed. The 2021 Senior World Championships will be held in Tashkent from 6-17 December.

    The event will be run in conjunction with the 2021 Commonwealth Senior Championships (which...
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    Ten weight classes + five classes needed for...

    Ten weight classes + five classes needed for Olympics = delete every second weight class in the progression (red) and retain what is left (black)


    55 kg
    61 kg
    67 kg
    73 kg
    81...
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    The event host has not yet been officially chosen...

    The event host has not yet been officially chosen or ratified by the IWF - but the WWC will likely be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan during the first two weeks of December.
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    Interesting they didn’t test every participating...

    Interesting they didn’t test every participating athlete at the Tokyo games.

    I assumed that they’d test everyone. But that wasn’t the case.
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    The chances of Weightlifting being contested in...

    The chances of Weightlifting being contested in Paris are dwindling.

    Coates admits key Olympic Charter changes targetted at IWF as IOC Session approves amendments
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    I personally blame the introduction of the...

    I personally blame the introduction of the slow-video replay system on the Jury table.

    A large number of lifts will contain a flaw if slowed down and studied in detail. But the 'flaws' are so...
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    I’ve always wondered what was going through the...

    I’ve always wondered what was going through the minds of Behdad Salimikordasiabi and his coaches when they started shouting at the Jury in the Rio Olympics.

    The Jury at Tokyo is helping me to...
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    An interesting observation on ITG:

    An interesting observation on ITG:
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    I’ve been in competitions where I’ve had to make...

    I’ve been in competitions where I’ve had to make similar decisions. Not at the Olympics - but at major international tournaments where the results count.

    I actually think the coaching staff made...
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    It seems a bit surreal to see Dika Toua opening...

    It seems a bit surreal to see Dika Toua opening the competition with the very first lift on the very first day - a full twenty-one years after she became the first women to attempt a lift on the...
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    As an aside, I’ve asked somebody involved with...

    As an aside, I’ve asked somebody involved with running the Olympics what rationale was used for the division of the different categories into A sessions with 8, 9, and 10 athletes.

    They tell me...
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    Unfortunately the Jury is needed to protect...

    Unfortunately the Jury is needed to protect athletes against any malfeasance, incompetence, or bias in the event officials.

    Having said that, it’s traditionally used as the holding pen for the...
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    Here’s a photo of the training hall. ...

    Here’s a photo of the training hall.

    https://ibb.co/ZBF24c6

    The seats in the foreground are where each training group sits until they are permitted to enter the training area.

    There’s a...
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    “Brazilian weightlifter Fernando Reis, who would...

    “Brazilian weightlifter Fernando Reis, who would have been a medal contender in the men’s 109 kilograms super-heavyweight category, is out of the Olympic Games in Tokyo after testing positive for...
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    I would expect Lyu Xiaojun to be a repeat...

    I would expect Lyu Xiaojun to be a repeat medalist from Rio.
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    It may have taken two years before Artykov and/or...

    It may have taken two years before Artykov and/or the Kyrgyzstan Olympic Committee returned the original medal. I can remember reading about one sad case where a Cuban athlete sold their Olympic...
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    In case people are wondering how the competition...

    In case people are wondering how the competition will be modified to minimise the risk of covid transmission, here are the details:
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    I have a similar opinion. As an aside, I've...

    I have a similar opinion.

    As an aside, I've been following the coverage of the US sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson who has had similar problems. I thought the USATF released a very well written...
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    I'm wary of making predictions because I think...

    I'm wary of making predictions because I think it's impossible to really know the individual impacts that covid restrictions will have had on the training and preparation of many of the athletes.
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    Somebody posted this on Reddit. The Turkish...

    Somebody posted this on Reddit. The Turkish Olympic silver medalist Daniyar Ismayilov has reportedly failed a domestic/internal doping test in Turkey:
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    Arley Mendez seems likely to be excluded from the...

    Arley Mendez seems likely to be excluded from the Olympics for using Cannabis.

    I’m really struggling to see the logic in this. Being excluded from the Olympics seems like a disproportionately...
  25. Here is some breaking news. Samoa has just...

    Here is some breaking news.

    Samoa has just pulled all of their athletes out from the Olympics - so there will be three more athlete reallocations in the W87+, M67, and M96 categories.
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