IPF Technical Committee report to Congress 2001.
It is with pleasure that once again, on behalf of the Technical Committee I submit the annual report to Congress.
With the minor change made to the rules of competition at last year’s Congress and brought into force on the first of January this year, quite a number of calls and correspondence has been received asking for clarification and definition on many of the amendments. Consequently in accordance with 5-11 Constitution and By-Laws an “Interpretation” was produced, published in International Powerlifter magazine, and may be viewed on the IPF web site. Incidentally, it will be noted that foot placement and foot movement (definition of) for inclusion in the rule book forms part of T.C. proposals to-day.
The unofficial position of Referee’s Registrar held by Goran Gunnarsson (who has excelled in his duties) is on the agenda to-day to be made official. We, the T.C. feel the position warrants credibility, and urge the delegates to vote – YES.
Goran informs that 22 category two and 6 category one have been added to the list this past year.
Category two: No.: Category one: No.:
Czech Republic 4 Great Britain and Ukraine 2
Spain, Finland and Russia 3 Germany and Sweden 1
Canada, Sweden, Iran, USA 1
The current list of referees now numbers 420.
The introduction of a more comprehensive exam and four years period as category two, no doubt explains the lack of applications received for the category one exam. The committee have found it preferable (and in the interest of candidates) that category two examinations are conducted at national championships or clinics, where they may be examined in their own language.
At all major World Championships this past year members of the committee have been in attendance selecting referees and Juries, briefing referees with updated rules, running the competition secretariat, and generally overseeing with the help and guidance of General Secretary Heiner Koberich.
The committee express their gratitude to the IPF treasury for the financial help given towards expenses.
A regular newsletter from the T.C. has been published on the internet, and within the pages of International Powerlifter, courtesy of Wim Wamsteeker and Dennis Unitt. Thanks to them both.
The T.C. are experiencing problems at World Championships when nominated referees fail to attend. Referee/Jury lists drawn up for announcement at the technical meeting often become completely worthless. It is appreciated that most referees incur their own expenses and may find difficulty fulfilling the appointments. But the committee would like to thank all of the referees who have made themselves available.
Personally I would like to thank members of the committee most sincerely for their continued support.
In the future the committee must once again try to address the subject of limited range of movement in the bench press. A cause of much discontentment.
To introduce the same method of “attempts” as in weight lifting where lifters will not be disqualified for failing to nominate the next attempt within a minute is also a consideration.
Finally the committee shall continue to uphold the good name of the IPF and carry out all duties entrusted in us.
John Stephenson, chairman.