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Training hall review at WWC in Riyadh 2023: Two days before competition

Our WBCM media team headed by Oleksiy Torokhtiy has already arrived in Riyadh, KSA, to monitor the greatest World competition that starts this Monday, the 4th of September.

WBCM media team in Riyadh, KSA

Today you’ll see the major training area where athletes from all over the world will compete to qualify for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024.

For the moment, the final preparations are held before the opening ceremony. We succeeded in interviewing Muhammad Al-Harbi, the President of Saudi Weightlifting Federation, who shared with us the key peculiarities of the training area and showed all the specs from inside.

Oleksiy on WWC 2023
Oleksiy is assessing the quality of the training hall

So, what impressed us most: the training hall looks really solid, all the equipment is new, platforms are of exceptional quality, pretty stable, yet soft to drop the bar safely. Overall, there are 65 platforms equipped with the ZKC training tool, the same as will be used for the Games.


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Al-Harbi also highlighted a large screen mounted on the wall. It’ll streamline the competition while the athletes train and warm up. However, we’re not sure whether it’ll benefit and encourage lifters before their performance, or whether the competition streaming will help athletes assess their chances by spectating the rivals.

Muhammad Al-Harbi, the President of Saudi Weightlifting Federation

As this is the last WWC before the Games in Paris (besides the European, Asian, and American Opens), this competition is going to be literally hot and spectacular. 

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Tanya Shaiko

Author: Tanya Shaiko
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