2016 World Open Powerlifting Championships
Dear lifters, dear officials,
We are now very close to the 2016 World Open Powerlifting Championships held from 13th to the 19th November in Orlando, Florida USA.
Thirty-nine nations have nominated 255 lifters - 145 Men and 110 Women.
This is an extra special Worlds as it is the qualification event for the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw/Poland.
I am sure that all the lifters taking part at this Worlds will give their very best in order to qualify for the World Games which will make for some fantastic viewing whether live on via our online streaming.
To be selected for the World Games is an absolute privilege and in recent years we have seen more and more of our lifters vying for the opportunity to be selected.
We are proud to welcome all of the nominated lifters to Orlando and we are sure that the lifters will make this an unforgettable Worlds.
But it will be also a special Worlds because our lifters from the Special Olympics are also taking part.
This gives the SO lifters an important platform to promote the SOI Powerlifting.
Fifteen lifters from SOI are taking part in Orlando and we are pleased to welcome them.
It’s always a great pleasure to see the energy and enthusiasm of the SO lifters as they show all of us that Powerlifting is a great sport for all.
Also I want welcome all delegates to our annual Congress which will be held on Sunday 13 November.
A lot of progress has been made in our sport and we are proud to inform you about everything has been achieved in the last year.
I take this opportunity to send our thanks to the USAPL and Robert Keller the Meet Director for hosting this Worlds.
So I wish them good luck with the organization and I wish also all the lifters good luck and I hope that all of you can reach your goals.
I wish you all the lifters, the officials, SOI a safe trip to Orlando and I am looking forward to seeing you all there.