All set for Nat ’ l Weightlift­ing C’ships

The Freeman - - SPORTS ’ - —Cae­cent No-ot Mag­sum­bol

Ev­ery­thing is al­ready in place for Sama­hang Weightlift­ing ng Pilip­inas' Na­tional Open Cham­pi­onships that will take place to­mor­row at the SM Sea­side City in South Road Prop­er­ties.

Over 200 lifters all over the coun­try are ex­pected to join the event.

SWA pres­i­dent Mon­ico Puentevella said that the goal is to find new tal­ents for the na­tional team while also re­viv­ing the mas­ters di­vi­sion.

It was in the 70's that the mas­ters ac­tion was be­ing done in the na­tional event and SWP wants to bring it back to in­spire the youth and also to give for­mer stand­outs a chance to show­case their wares again.

Aside from the mas­ters class, other di­vi­sions to be con­tested in­clude the youth, ju­nior, se­nior, sec­ondary and ter­tiary. All classes ex­cept for the mas­ters will have 10 weight cat­e­gories each.

The mas­ters di­vi­sion fea­tures seven weight cat­e­gories with three age-brack­ets in­clud­ing the 3544, 45-54 and 55 and above class.

Puentevella also said that this is a manda­tory event for the na­tional team mem­bers though Olympians Hidi­lyn Diaz and Nestor Colo­nia asked that they will just do an ex­hi­bi­tion.

Right now, there are 23 mem­bers in the na­tional pool with the rest hop­ing to make it to the South­east Asian Games in Clark­field Pam­panga in Novem­ber next year.

Aside from get­ting a chance to be in­cluded in the na­tional pool, the win­ners will also get medals and cash prizes from the Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion.

The of­fi­cials of the Sama­hang Weightlift­ing ng Pilip­inas led by its pres­i­dent Mon­ico Puentevella (mid­dle) dur­ing the launch­ing of the Na­tional Open Cham­pi­onships yes­ter­day at SM Sea­side City.

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