The Oceania Weightlifting Federation (OWF) has launched a new style of competition where countries from around the region will battle it out each month to see who’s the best and eventually take home AUD$10,000 in prize money.
This marks an exciting new addition to the weightlifting calendar while larger international competitions are on hold due to travel restrictions.
This is how it will work:
- There are ten teams — most consist of just one country, but there are two teams each comprised of seven small pacific islands: Pacific One and Pacfic Two.
- Each team has fourteen lifters (seven male and seven female).
- Lifters are allowed to lift at their own gyms due to local restrictions.
- Team scores will be based on total combined weight lifted minus total combined body weight.
- Each month, countries will go head to head to see who wins: 3 points for a win, 2 for a draw and 1 for a loss.
- The leaderboard will be collated and posted after each of the nine rounds.
There is a total of AUD$43,000 of prize money up for grabs at the end of the tournament, starting with $10,000 for the winner and then a decreasing amount for each position thereafter, with tenth place taking home $1000. So this is a very enticing competition for countries to enter, given most organisations are seeing very little revenue at the moment.
We have spoken with teams like New Zealand and the backroom strategising is already well underway.
Unfortunately, the OWF doesn’t have much video media around the tournament, so we will do our best to bring you as much news and analysis as possible.
Check the link below for more information.