Pow­er­lifter Andy blasts sham­bolic or­gan­is­ers for wreck­ing world ti­tle bid

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News - Derek Alexan­der

A pow­er­lift­ing champ has claimed or­gan­is­ers at a pres­ti­gious tour­na­ment in Rus­sia scup­pered his dream of hold­ing mul­ti­ple in­ter­na­tional ti­tles.

Andy Cair­ney trav­elled to Moscow last week­end for the WPC world cham­pi­onship af­ter win­ning in the ri­val GPC fed­er­a­tion’s Euro cham­pi­onships in Poland and their world con­test in the Czech Repub­lic ear­lier this year.

But the 37-year- old’s dream of com­plet­ing the hat-trick turned sour af­ter be­ing hit with a se­ries of set­backs, forc­ing him to pull out.

First , he had to en­dure a four- hour wait in a cor­ri­dor to weigh in for the com­pe­ti­tion, which had more than 1000 ath­letes.

Then he was left frus­trated for more than six hours as bosses kept post­pon­ing his first lift – de­spite be­ing told to warm up three times.

The dad – who weighs al­most 22st – blamed or­gan­is­ers for ru­in­ing his dream by ac­cept­ing en­tries from ath­letes who bought their way in on the day.

He has al­ready re­ceived an apol­ogy from Rus­sian pow­er­lift­ing boss Ok­sana Kuznetsova, who said his ex­pe­ri­ence “was not rep­re­sen­ta­tive of WPC in­ter­na­tion­als”.

But Andy, of Knightswood, Glas­gow, said: “This was sup­posed to be the fi­nal piece of the jig­saw. It should have been the ul­ti­mate trip but it turned into a dis­as­ter.

“The or­gan­is­ers favoured the Rus­sian and Ira­nian lifters.

“They also ac­cepted cash en­tries from ath­letes who turned up on the day. Profit came be­fore lifters’ safety and the in­tegrity of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s such a long way to go to be treated so badly.

“I was told to pre­pare for squats at 2pm but in the end it didn’t start un­til 8pm. By then, I had de­cided it was no longer safe to com­pete.

“I’d warmed up three times and got my­self ready for the plat­form.

“The com­pe­ti­tion didn’t fin­ish un­til af­ter 2am. There were so many com­peti­tors in my cat­e­gory, I’d have waited half an hour be­tween my lifts.

“I’ve had an apol­ogy and been in­vited back but it’s left a bad taste.” Andy, who owns OBS Gym in Cly­de­bank, is tak­ing part in the GPC Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships

this week­end.

FU­RI­OUS Pow­er­lift­ing cham­pion Andy

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