The 2015 IPC Powerlifting Open Asian Championships, a key qualification stop for Rio 2016, were held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from 26-30 July 2015.
Around 120 athletes from 25 countries competed in the competition organised locally by the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Paralympic Committee of Kazakhstan.
The competition also featured the continuation of the sport’s anti-doping campaign – Raise the Bar – Say No! to Doping. In 2014, around 800 athletes and support staff took part in education courses at various competitions around the world.
In 2015, the project aims to keep awareness high by providing educational materials and seminars to lifters and teams.
The city of Almaty
Almaty literally means ‘city of apple trees’, and, because of its relatively mild climate, it has a wide range of apple trees.
Almaty is still the centre of commerce for Kazakhstan, with the stock exchange and largest banks located there including Kazkommertsbank, which is the largest bank in Kazakhstan, and one of the largest players in Central Asia. The stock exchange is the largest in Central Asia and is responsible for a large proportion of the country’s economy.
The city certainly has a spectacular beauty, and is located in the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau in the extreme southeast of Kazakhstan. The backdrop of mountains against the taller buildings makes a dramatic and impressive sight and was the centre for the Asian Winter games in January 2011.
History of the IPC Powerlifting Open Asian Championships
At the last Open Asian Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a total of ten world records fell as athletes prepared for the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, UAE.
China’s Yuijiao Tan broke the women’s up to 67kg world record an incredible four times on her way to being crowned Asian champion with a 135kg fourth-round lift.
At just 16 years-of-age Iraqi Zahraa Al-Maliki set a new juniors and seniors world record of 71kg in the women’s up to 50kg for gold.
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