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Weightlifting Returns to Its Roots with the European Cup

The world of weightlifting is set to journey back to its origins, thanks to the upcoming European Cup. The forthcoming weightlifting contest is scheduled to unfold amidst the hallowed precincts of Olympia, symbolizing a momentous revival of the sport’s time-honored heritage. Present-day athletes are poised to partake in an exceptional encounter with the time-honored customs of Greek athletic excellence, a prospect that elicits genuine enthusiasm and fervent anticipation. The event is poised to culminate on September 30, 2023.

The future of weightlifting in Europe has held a positive trajectory for a considerable period, notably on the global platform. Opting to re-embrace the return to historic arenas stands as one of the most sagacious marketing maneuvers in recent history.

EWF Delegation at the press conference in the Municipality
EWF Delegation at the press conference in the Municipality building of Olympia

There is a keen sense of anticipation surrounding the potential participation of numerous European countries. Prominent European heavyweights, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Romania, Moldova, Germany, Bulgaria, Greece, and Poland, are virtually guaranteed to be part of the event. Furthermore, indications of interest from Israel, Cyprus, and Turkey have been duly recorded.

Notably, the event will also feature the participation of refugees associated with the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), expanding the event’s reach to an international level. This event not only aims to enhance the viewing pleasure of weightlifting enthusiasts but also seeks to promote the sport among newcomers.


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It is worth recalling that the Olympic Games and Olympia itself are historically traced back to 776 BCE, primarily serving as a historical monument where European athletes will compete.

The Greek god Zeus, venerated in the ancient Greek pantheon, epitomized athletic prowess. The International Olympic Academy (IOA) stands as a testament to Olympia’s legacy for the modern generation. It is our hope that this beacon of traditional weightlifting will gain even greater prominence, signaling the growth of sports popularization.

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Tanya Shaiko

Author: Tanya Shaiko
News Editor, Olympic Lifting Enthusiast

Oly Lifting Experience: 6 years
Best ResultsSnatch – 61 kg,
C&J – 78 kg

I’m Tanya, and I just can’t do without fitness. About six years ago, I got into Olympic weightlifting and instantly fell in love with it. Weightlifting is like no other sport – it’s just you versus the bar. Driven by my unwavering passion for an active lifestyle, I’ve been eager to share my personal journey and sports enthusiasm with others. As a journalist and photographer, my interests come full circle, adding an extra dimension to the news column that I curate. This way, I keep my readers updated with the latest happenings in the sports world.

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