World Para Powerlifting will welcome a new exciting event to its Championships and World Cups with the addition of mixed team competitions.
They will first be contested at the Nur-Sultan 2019 World Championships from 12 to 20 July and will go on to be featured at all major events.
Hosts Kazakhstan (with A, B and C teams), Brazil (A and B), Ukraine (A and B), Mexico, Iraq and Egypt will be the 10 participant teams in the new event at Nur-Sultan 2019.
“We are thrilled to start staging mixed team events in all of our competitions across the globe and give powerlifters a further opportunity to showcase their strength and win more medals while taking part in an innovative event format,” World Para Powerlifting Head Jorge Moreno said.
“We thank all the people who made this possible and we are excited for the first competition, nothing less than at the 2019 World Championships.”
Each team will be represented by three powerlifters, with at least one of them being a female. It will be a separate event held on the last day of competition, with all 10 teams sharing a group.
The best four teams will advance into the semi-finals, with the top two then qualifying for the gold-medal match and the other two battling for bronze.
Each powerlifter makes one lift per stage, completing a maximum of three if her or his team advances into the following rounds.
Results are calculated using the AH (Haleczko) formula, which is a coefficient that enables the comparison of the results of lifers from different bodyweight categories.
Nur-Sultan 2019 will be the eighth edition of the World Championships, with the last having taken place in Mexico City in 2017.