Chisinau, Moldova, 10. July – The 2023 EWF European Youth & U15 Championships concluded with a dazzling closing ceremony held in the magnificent Chisinau Arena. The event marked a significant milestone as it was the first-ever not just EWF event to be hosted in Moldova, but also the first-ever Olympic disciple international event, showcasing the country’s growing prominence in the world of weightlifting.

The closing ceremony, attended by esteemed dignitaries, including Mr. Anatolie Topala, Minister of Education and Research, Sergiu Gurin, State Secretary for Sport, Eugeniu Sinchevici, Deputy in Parliament, and Tudor Casapu, Olympic Champion, was a fitting tribute to the remarkable achievements of the athletes and the success of the championship as a whole.

From the opening day to the grand finale, the 2023 EWF European Youth & U15 Championships captivated audiences with exceptional displays of strength, skill, and determination. Athletes from various European nations demonstrated their abilities in various categories, bringing forth intense competition and pushing the boundaries of human potential.

The brand new Chisinau Arena provided a state-of-the-art venue that served as the perfect backdrop for this prestigious event. Equipped with world-class facilities, the arena offered athletes and spectators a truly remarkable experience. Its modern design, cutting-edge equipment, and impeccable organization demonstrated Moldova’s commitment to fostering excellence in sports.

Anatolie Topala, Minister of Education and Research, commended the event’s success and emphasized the positive impact it would have on the development of weightlifting in Moldova, and inspired youth to strive for greatness.

Tudor Casapu, Olympic Champion, added his voice to the chorus of appreciation, commending the organizers for their meticulous planning and attention to detail. “As an Olympic champion, I can confidently say that the 2023 EWF European Youth & U15 Championships have been an extraordinary showcase of talent and sportsmanship. The athletes have demonstrated exceptional skill, and the organizers have created an environment conducive to their success. Moldova has set a new benchmark for hosting weightlifting events,” he remarked.

EWF President, Kt. Antonio Conflitti, expressed his utmost satisfaction with the successful culmination of the 2023 EWF European Youth & U15 Championships. He stated, “This championship has shown the immense talent and potential of our young weightlifters. Moldova has been an exceptional host, providing a world-class venue and demonstrating its commitment to promoting weightlifting in Europe. I would like to extend my gratitude to the LOC, volunteers, coaches, fans, and athletes for their dedication and outstanding performances.”

EWF General Secretary, Dr. Milan Mihajlovic, echoed Kt. Conflitti’s sentiments and highlighted the significance of the event for the future of weightlifting. He stated, “The 2023 EWF European Youth & U15 Championships have been a resounding success, leaving a lasting impact on both Moldova and the European weightlifting community. We are immensely proud of the athletes who have competed with great passion and determination. “

During this momentous event, the European Weightlifting Federation (EWF) also unveiled its groundbreaking live-stream service, EWF Web TV, providing fans and enthusiasts around the world with an immersive viewing experience. This innovative platform allowed weightlifting fans to follow the exhilarating competitions in real time, regardless of their geographical location.

The launch of EWF Web TV marks a significant step forward in expanding the accessibility and reach of weightlifting events, bringing the excitement and drama of the championships to a global audience.

Furthermore, the organizers of the 2023 EWF European Youth & U15 Championships initiated a remarkable fan zone, creating an engaging and interactive space where spectators could immerse themselves in the world of weightlifting. The fan zone featured engaging activities, including interactive displays, photo booths, and opportunities to interact with athletes, fostering a sense of camaraderie and further igniting the passion for the sport among attendees. This initiative aimed to enhance the overall spectator experience and promote a deep connection between the athletes and their dedicated supporters.

The introduction of EWF Web TV and the vibrant fan zone underscore the organizers’ commitment to embracing technology and enhancing fan engagement, cementing the 2023 EWF European Youth & U15 Championships as a groundbreaking and unforgettable experience for all involved.

In addition, the EWF wishes to extend its profound gratitude to the exceptional team of dedicated volunteers whose unwavering commitment and tireless efforts were instrumental in ensuring the seamless operation of the event.

These selfless individuals worked diligently to create an atmosphere that was both welcoming and vibrant, contributing significantly to the overall success of the 2023 EWF European Youth & U15 Championships in Chisinau, Moldova.

Their unwavering passion and enthusiasm demonstrated their invaluable contribution to the championship, fostering an environment where athletes and spectators alike could thrive and be part of a truly remarkable experience. The EWF recognizes and deeply appreciates the indispensable role played by these remarkable volunteers in making the event a resounding success.

As the 2023 EWF European Youth & U15 Championships concluded, the athletes, coaches, and organizers deserve commendation for their hard work and commitment to making this event a resounding success. The competition has not only showcased remarkable sporting achievements but has also provided a platform for fostering international camaraderie and the exchange of knowledge.

Weightlifting enthusiasts and followers of the sport eagerly await the next edition of this prestigious championship, anticipating even more spectacular performances and emerging talents.


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