Tokyo closes World Cup season at Paralympic venue

Japanese capital receives test event at Tokyo International Forum where Para powerlifting events will take place during the 2020 Games 25 Sep 2019
A male powerlifter lifting the bar
Yasuharu Matsuzaki is one of the Japanese athletes in action at the Tokyo 2019 World Cup
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By World Para Powerlifting

After the World Championships in Nur-Sultan and the Parapan American Games in Lima, the World Para Powerlifting World Cup resumes in the home of the next Paralympic Games.

Tokyo, Japan, will host the two-day competition starting from Thursday and you can follow all the results live by clicking on the link below.

Tokyo 2019 World Para Powerlifting World Cup Live Results Here

The World Cup will also act as a test-event for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. 

Here below is all you need to know.

What is the World Cup?

The World Cup is a series of official World Para Powerlifting international events that bring together the best powerlifters on the planet.

This year there are four of them. Dubai, UAE; Eger, Hungary; and Lima, Peru hosted the other three. The season ends in Tokyo.

Where is it taking place?

The Tokyo International Forum will host the Para powerlifting events during the Paralympic Games in 2020. It is a multi-purpose exhibition centre comprised of eight main halls of various sizes, exhibition spaces and other facilities. 

The structure features swooping curves of steel and glass, with an exterior design resembling an elongated boat. It will also host the weightlifting competition during the Olympic Games.

How many athletes are competing?

There will be 64 athletes from 12 nations in action. Hosts Japan have the biggest team with 31 participants.

Who are the Ones to Watch?

Three-time Paralympic medallist and London 2012 Paralympic champion Souhad Ghazouani of France is the star of the women’s up to 73kg category.

World junior champion from Nur-Sultan, Italy’s Donato Telesca will fight for more gold in the men’s up to 72kg.

Great Britain’s Ali Jawad is a Paralympic medallist from Rio 2016 and will be competing in the men’s up to 54 kg.

Japan will count with two Asian champions from Kitakyushu 2018, Yasuharu Matsuzaki in the men’s over 107kg and Karin Morisaki in the women’s up to 67kg.

Will Japan show any new technology?

Have you ever heard of a Power Assist Suit? It will be used by loaders when attaching and removing the weights from the barbells. You can learn more about it here.