The' London Prepares' Weightlifting Test Event has a key role in helping the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) test its operations ahead of next year's Olympic Games.
The event officially started with the following meetings: the Verification of Final Entries, the Technical Congress and the Technical Officials Meeting.
Upon this occasion London 2012 will also be keen to see how the field of play, the timing and scoring plus the operation of the workforce are measuring up. According to Weightlifting Manager Matthew Curtain, "this significant competition will give the unique opportunity to validate the current planning, crystalise operations and rehearse Game-time deliverables".
Having worked in close collaboration with LOCOG since 2005, IWF President Dr. Tamás Aján said: "The IWF has been overwhelmed with the level of technical expertise, committed work ethic, professional leadership and genuine enthusiasm displayed by its executive workforce".
After almost 6 years of planning, LOCOG together with the IWF was pleased to see the sport taking the stage and having all details prepared cautiously fell into place.
Athletes felt the Olympic spirit, and got closer to the environment and conditions to be ensured for the upcoming Olympic Games. Participants enjoyed lifting the weights on the 25 platforms displayed in the training and the 12 in the warm-up area and are impressed by the Olympic venue Excel.
"This competition gives all weightlifters and officials the chance to experience being associated within the dynamics of an Olympic environment"- said David Luckes, Head of Sport Competition from LOCOG.
The event designed primarily for London 2012 and the International Weightlifting Federation run smoothly and gave great contentment and high satisfaction to both organizations.
David Luckes added: "The London Prepares Series Weightlifting Test Event was a major stepping stone for us in the preparation for London next year. We had very successful cooperation with IWF through the planning and preparation for this event, and ensured that the key testing areas of ensuring the field of play, volunteers and workforce were given a great workout. We look forward to building upon this Test Event to ensure that next summer, in ExCeL, we can stage a truly fantastic Olympic Weightlifting competition for the athletes, spectators and viewers alike."