Powerlifting and the Olympics

Powerlifting and the Olympics

Aug 9, 2016

I’ve been getting a lot of questions as to why I am not participating in the Olympics. Maybe this post will help and I hope I explain it well.
I am proud to have Silver medaled at the IPF OPEN World Bench Press Championships (during the 2016 Olympic year) in Rødby Denmark. I pressed 335kg / 738.5lbs in the 120kg / 264lbs weight class and hold the American Bench Press Record. I am a 4x member of TEAM USA having competed in OPEN World Championships in Luxembourg 2009, Lithuania 2013, Sweden 2015, Denmark 2016. However bench pressing is not an Olympic event.
Powerlifting (squat, bench press, and deadlift) is not in the Olympics. However, the sport of weightlifting (snatch, clean and jerk) is.
I only compete in the bench press in the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF). IPF is a drug tested federation which runs it’s Anti-Doping branch in accordance with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) protocols.
The IPF is a member of the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS).
AIMS is a group of 23 international sport federations, which are members of SportAccord. Now, they may be included in the “Olympic Movement Directory”.
AIMS proudly supports and promotes the vision and mission of the Olympic movement by sustaining and developing sports, importantly through the education of youth through sport and to continue to be credible in sport through the applicable principles of the Olympic Movement.
The IOC acknowledges the role and leadership of AIMS, and its valuable contribution to support the Olympic Movement.
Just one more step closer in the right direction for the IPF achieving recognition by the IOC. This however may take several years to realize.
This is a major reason that the IPF is globally accepted as the governing body of powerlifting worldwide. The IPF is comprised of roughly 100 member nations.
Much of this information was sourced from the IPF website. powerlifting-IPF.com



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