World Para Powerlifting has launched “Raise The Bar Together”, an online competition to support athletes to continue to train and stay at home during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
“Raise The Bar Together” will take place from 3 to 17 April. 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.
“With the uncertainty of the outbreak, this innovative competition keeps all athletes motivated and training from the safety of their homes,” said Egypt’s Sherif Osman, three-time Paralympic champion and World Para Powerlifting’s Athlete Liaison.
“It will be exciting to see the other athletes’ lifts and results even from afar," added Osman.
The Technical Officials are also set to be engaged through being invited to judge the attempts through an online platform.
More information about the competition and specific rules are available on the World Para Powerlifting website.
In lieu of an entry fee, World Para Powerlifting encourages participants, if they have the means, to make a small contribution to local clubs or humanitarian aid organisations to help offset the costs for these organisations disrupted by the pandemic.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Para powerlifting World Cups in Bogota, Colombia, and Dubai, UAE, scheduled for March and April, respectively, have been cancelled.
The Nakhon Ratchasima World Cup in Thailand, set to take place during the 2020 IWAS World Games, has been postponed to December.