Last week to participate at 'Raise The Bar Together'

Online competition launched by World Para Powerlifting to keep athletes active during COVID-19 pandemic 13 Apr 2020
A woman preparing to lift a bar
Indonesia's Ni Nengah Widiasih is one of the Paralympic medallists to take part in the 'Raise The Bar Together' online competition
ⒸHiroki Nishioka for World Para Powerlifting
By World Para Powerlifting

It is the last week for powerlifters all over the world to take part at "Raise The Bar Together", the online competition launched by World Para Powerlifting to support athletes to continue training and staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The online challenge started on 3 April and ends on Friday (17). Athletes are asked to submit up to three videos of lift attempts and will be ranked by their AH score.

The AH score is the result of a statistical coefficient and is used to equalise and compare athletes’ performances between different body weights.

One of the competitors in action at "Raise The Bar Together" is Indonesia's Ni Nengah Widiasih. The Rio 2016 medallist was among the first athletes to send their videos.

“Raise The Bar Together” is also engaging World Para Powerlifting Technical Officials who are judging the athletes' attempts via an online platform.

It is crucial that athletes also follow the rules established by international and national health authorities to avoid the spread of coronavirus. 

World Para Powerlifting has also published a series of recommendations to participants including washing hands before and after lifts, and making sure spotters are nearby while also respecting safe distances.

More information about the competition and specific rules are available on the World Para Powerlifting website.