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[ANAHEIM PREVIEW


] WELCOMING THE WORLD


THE PLAZA OUTSIDE THE ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER WILL BE TRANSFORMED INTO A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR ATHLETES, COACHES AND FANS OF THE 2017 IWF WORLD WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS.


By Kevin Farley VISIT ANAHEIM


The United States plays host for the


In a few short months, the world will come to Anaheim, California, for the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation World Weightlifting Championships. “The Anaheim Convention Center is a


second consecutive World Champion- ships, after hosting the world in Houston in 2015. It’s the first time that the IWF awarded consecutive World Champion- ships to one country. “We are incredibly honored to be asked


to host the World Championships again,” USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews said. “We thank the IWF for the opportu- nity to welcome the world to the United States again.” USA Weightlifting, along with Visit


Anaheim and the IWF are deep into the planning stages of the world’s most pres- tigious Weightlifting event of the year. Hall B of the Anaheim Convention Cen-


ter will serve as the venue for the competi- tion set for November 28 through Decem- ber 6, 2017. What’s now 147,000 square feet of empty space will be transformed into a competition space the world has never seen before.


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perfect spot for a weightlifting competi- tion,” USA Weightlifting Senior Events Manager Pedro Meloni said. Meloni is no stranger to organizing ma-


jor weightlifting events. Before joining USA Weightlifting, Meloni served as the weightlifting sport manager, tasked with organizing the Weightlifting and Paralym- pic Weightlifting competitions at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. “We are going to organize a meet


that we think will impress everyone,” Mel- oni said. “Our plan is to create an experi- ence for all of the athletes, both on and off the platform.” In February, the WWC Organizing


Committee met in Anaheim to walk the venue and develop a special space that will make this year’s World Champion- ships the best yet. The Organizing Com- mittee toured several sites around Ana- heim to brainstorm ways to capture and


share the essence of one of Southern California’s crown jewels. “Anaheim is a world-class city, and the


Anaheim Convention Center will serve as an unforgettable backdrop for the ath- letes,” Roy Edmonson, vice president of Sports Anaheim said. The Anaheim Convention Center sits in


the heart of the city’s Resort District. With world-famous theme parks just steps away, athletes from around the globe can enjoy an authentic American experience without traveling further than they have already come. A delegation from the IWF visited the


Organizing Committee during February’s meetings. Led by IWF Director General Attila Adamfi, the IWF toured the com- petition venue and visited hotels that will serve as home for hundreds of athletes, coaches and technical officials.


Tickets on sale now! www.2017WWCAnaheim.com


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