IPF TECHNICAL COMMITTEE NEWSLETTER NO: 3, 2003
The following are to be congratulated on passing the IPF examinations.
Lucien Gillis (USA)
Pop Kim Wong (Hong Kong)
Ron De Laney (Canada)
Maurice O'Connor (Ireland)
Laura Locatelli (Italy)
Barrie Nelson (Great Britain)
Hanie Smith (Republic ~South Africa)
Hueng Chi Ling (Chinese Taipei)
Nestor Gregory (Puerto Rico)
Fernando L'Baez Cruz " "
Onix Rivera " "
Referee Registrar Goran Gunnarsson is in the process of preparing the registration forms for the period 2004 to 2007. They will be sent to all National Federations. One to be completed for each referee. The fee is still as it has been for the past 25 years or so - - 30 Euros or the equivalent. Forms to be returned to :-
IPF Referee Registrar
SE-332 35 GISLAVED
The latest 1st of January 2004.
Fees to be paid to :-
Account name International Powerlifting Federation
Account number LU57 0019 1300 4802 3000
Name of bank Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat Luxembourg
Address Place de Metz, L-2954 Luxembourg.
New Bench Shirts
Inzer Advanced Designs have produced two new bench shirts which have met with the approval of the Technical Committee, and have been added to the list. They are named The Wrath and The Rage.
Back in the USA
All credit to Denis Brady and his team for staging the successful recent Open Women's World in Chicago. The first full IPF meet in the USA since 1984. It was efficiently run, and a pleasure to be back - - - We had the time the time of our life I saw a man who danced with his wife in Chicago Chicago - - -
IPF General Secretary Resignation
The Technical Committee are saddened to hear of the resignation of IPF General Secretary Heiner Koeberich. We wish him well, and also to his successor during the interim (at least until the November elections) Detlev Albrings.
Although not specific in the Technical Rules, it is expected that electronic scales weigh to the second place of decimals, especially at World Championships. Too many lifters are found to weigh the same when only the first place of decimals registers. It is more important now that there are no re-weighs. Also, the discs used in the competition, and should be weighed before the championships begin must read to the second place - 100ths.
It has been brought to the attention of the Technical Committee that some referees are rejecting Lever Belts which do not meet the criteria as laid down in the rules i.e. The "Inner" tongue which is often more that the permitted 15 cm's. No doubt this was overlooked when the lever belt was introduced.
The Committee will propose to Congress in November that 25 cm's be the maximum permitted overlap for the lever belt, and also the standard belt, as opposed to the present 15 cm's. This may eliminate the unsightly length of tongue that is often seen and which sometimes obstructs the referees view of the squat.
Up until then it is requested that the lever belt " Inner " Tongue be accepted by examining referees regardless of the length. It would be quite criminal to cut / trim.
Proposals from the Swedish Powerlifting Federation
The Technical Committe have received several proposals from the Swedish Powerlifting Federation to be considered as proposals to Congress (Rules) in November 2004.
Three of the most noteworthy are listed below.
1 - New Bodyweight Categories
Men: 55.0 kg Class up to 55.0 kg
63.0 kg Class from 55.01 kg to 63.0 kg
72.0 kg " " 63.01 kg to 72.0 kg
84.0 kg " " 72.01 kg to 84.0 kg
97.0 kg " " 84.01 kg to 97.0 kg
112.0 kg " " 97.01 kg to 112.0 kg
128.0 kg " " 112.01 kg to 128.0 kg
128.0+ kg " " 128.01 kg to unlimited
Women: 47.0 kg Class up to 47.0 kg
53.0 kg Class from 47.01 kg to 53.0 kg
61.0 kg " " 53.01 kg to 61.0 kg
70.0 kg " " 61.01 kg to 70.0 kg
80.0 kg " " 70.01 kg to 80.0 kg
91.0 kg " " 80.01 kg to 91.0 kg
91.0+ kg " " 91.01 kg to unlimited
We all know the hard work that the IPF Presidency has spent working with the IOC in attempt to put Powerlifting into the Olympic Games. We all know that the IOC forced the Olympic Federation to change their bodyweight categories.
Technical Committe Response:
The IPF medical committee were give the mandate to consider a new format in regard to bodydweight categories several years ago, which Robert Wilks undertook with passion and enthusiasm. Congress have consistently disapproved.
There has been no mention from the IPF Executive that the present number of weight classes is a reason to bar us from entry into the Olympic Games.
2 - Qualification Results for Accepted Entry to World Championships
3 - Five (5) Attempts in Single Bench Press
The reason why we want qualification results is that in some bodyweight categories the number of the competitors is becoming unmanageable.
Technical Committee Response:
Presumably SLPF are referring to a minimum total for qualification? It is not considered that the numbers are unmanageable, and believe that any member nation has the right to send their "best" lifters to World Championships. There is no reason why the stronger lifters cannot be scheduled in prime time!
The lifter must have a good lift in one of the first three attempts if he/she shall be allowed to continue with the 4th and 5th attempt.
To get a more interesting competition with 5 attempts.
Technical Committee Response:
This is worth considering. although this may lead to over exertion. The best lifts being performed on the second or third attempt.
This is election year for Officer's of the IPF. I have been seriously considering standing down ( not seeking re-election ) but have received some encouragement to continue for the further four year period - - - - Of course, Congress may decide otherwise. By 2007my three score years and ten will be up, and then I guess it will be time to call it a day!
John Stephenson, TC Chairman