Powerlifting world championship competition promotes clean sport

The Classic Powerlifting World Championship 2015 in Salo, Finland, on 5–14 June, is participating in the clean sport challenge campaign for international sporting events organised in Finland. This world championship event has today declared itself a clean sport and fair play event. A record-setting number of more than one thousand powerlifters from all over the world are participating in the event.

The Golden Baton of clean sport, which today changed hands at the powerlifting world championships, is part of the Finnish Antidoping Agency FINADA’s work on behalf of clean sport and against doping. A succession of international top-level competitions held in Finland since 2008 have accepted the challenge and the Golden Baton, with the latest example being the world biathlon championships in Kontiolahti last March.

The world biathlon championships in 2015 were held in Kontiolahti, where we had the opportunity to enjoy the performances of the best biathletes in the world. The atmosphere in Kontiolahti was excellent, making the event memorable for athletes and spectators alike. At the world championships in Kontiolahti, all medalists signed a declaration for the promotion of clean sport. We wish the best of luck and success to the organisers and competitors at the world powerlifting championships. Carry on with the message of clean sport, says Tuomas Ylä-Tuuhonen, Vice Event Manager of the Kontiolahti world championships, who handed over the baton to the powerlifters.

 – The Classic Powerlifting World Championship event and its organisers are privileged to participate in the challenge campaign for clean sport. Now that we are arranging the biggest powerlifting world championship event ever, we want to send out a strong message to all corners of the world. Over one thousand lifters from 54 countries are participating in the event. We encourage all powerlifters to sign the clean sport message at the Salo arena. We want to promote the spirit of fair play and show our support for antidoping work, says Tero Hyttinen, Chairman of the Board of the Finnish Powerlifting Federation.

FINADA’s Clean Win programme information stand will be present at Salo on Wednesday 10 June and Thursday 11 June from 12 noon to 8 pm. Come and have your face painted with the Finnish flag and vote for your candidate to win the fair play prize at this event. The athletes can also test their knowledge in the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA’s quiz and receive a golden drinking bottle. All the medalists will also sign a declaration on clean sport.

Further information:
Susanna Sokka
FINADA – Information Manager
Mobile +358 40 740 7477

Jari Rantapelkonen    
Classic Powerlifting World Championship – Secretary General    
Mobile +358 50 434 2222

Website: www.suomenvoimanostoliitto.fi