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15 April 2013 / 02:26

UzA, Zakhir Tashkhodjaev, Muhammad Amin (photos), 9 April 2013, 03:35

The 2013 IWF Youth Weightlifting Championships kicked off  at the Uzbekiston sports complex in Tashkent.

This major championship, organized by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and the Ministry of culture and sports of Uzbekistan, the National Olympic Committee and the Weightlifting federation, is the first and main event, to qualify for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China. 22 Olympic tickets for women and 25 for men will be played out at the competition.

Apart from Uzbekistan, Russia, Poland and Thailand had expressed to a desire to host this championship. The International Weightlifting Federation decided to hold it in Tashkent, as under the guidance of President Islam Karimov weightlifting development gets much attention, Uzbekistan has extensive experience in organizing major sports competitions at the highest levels.