LJUBLJANA – From the 12th to the 15th of October, the picturesque city of Ljubljana, Slovenia, played host to the 9th EU Cup, showcasing some of the finest weightlifting talents across the continent. The competition, already important in the weightlifting calendar, was heightened in stature this year with a significant turnout of teams.
The aura of the event was further elevated by the esteemed presence of notable dignitaries including Kt Antonio Conflitti the EWF President; IWF Vice President Attila Adamfi; EWF EB Member Alex Padure; Jesmond Caruana EU Federation President and EWF EB Member; Giuseppe Minissali EU Federation General Secretary; and the Director of Sport of Slovenian NOC, Uroš Mohorič.
Amidst the grandeur of the 9th EU Cup, a crucial juncture emerged with a strategic conference involving the NOC President, Franjo Bobinac. This pivotal gathering accentuated the Cup’s broader objectives, particularly emphasizing the evolving collaboration with the European Weightlifting Federation (EWF). Such moments elevate the Cup’s stature, showcasing its influence not just as a celebration of athleticism but as a crucible for forging significant partnerships within the sports community.
Adding to the enriching experiences of the event, attendees were also extended the privilege of touring the laboratory of Dr. Radivoje Milić. This visit provided a unique insight into the state-of-the-art facilities where Slovenia’s creme de la creme athletes undergo meticulous and rigorous testing, highlighting the nation’s commitment to sports excellence.
Highlighting the importance of fair play and the clean-sport ethos, Rodmar Pulis from the Malta Weightlifting Association spearheaded an enlightening anti-doping seminar, underlining the commitment to maintaining the integrity of the sport.
EWF President Kt Antonio Conflitti expressed, “The 9th EU Cup isn’t just a competition, but a celebration of dedication, discipline, and the spirit of weightlifting. Its importance cannot be overstated. The camaraderie and passion displayed here in Ljubljana are exemplary and serve as an inspiration to upcoming athletes and the weightlifting community at large.”
While the athletes were the stars, pulling off breathtaking lifts and setting new benchmarks, the behind-the-scenes organization deserves equal acclaim. The Slovenian Weightlifting Federation’s impeccable attention to detail, logistical prowess, and warm hospitality ensured that the event ran seamlessly.
As the curtains fall on the 9th EU Cup, accolades and plaudits are in order. To all the athletes who gave it their all, the organizers, especially the Slovenian Weightlifting Federation for their dedication, and everyone who played a part in making this event a resounding success – EWF’s deepest gratitude and heartfelt congratulations.