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Re: Stripping records from Russia and Ukraine
Posted By: Mike Kuhns In Response To: Re: Stripping records from Russia and Ukraine (mark daniel)
Date: Sunday, 1 October 2006, at 8:04 a.m.
In Response To: Re: Stripping records from Russia and Ukraine (mark daniel)
Alright here's my opinion. First off, I think Mr. Crain should be shown alittle more respect seeing how he's the only multi-time World Champion posting on this thread. Second, erasing all the records by making new weight classes will doubtfully help the cause. Now, granted I'm only 20 years old and haven't been around long enough to make these observations myself. But, wasn't Weightlifting in America, or even Worldwide, alot more popular prior to the removal of the original weight classes? My Father, who at the ancient age of 54, remenises of times when the question wasn't "What can you Bench?" but rather "What can you Press?" (That is standing, cleaning the weight and pushing it up over your head, not a synonymous term for bench pressing). Where I live (Allentown, Pennsylvania), there's at least one Powerlifting meet within a two hour drive every month, easily. I can not say that for Weightlifting, in fact I can't even say when the last time there was a Weightlifting meet around my area or when there will be another one. My point being, the changing of weight classes contributed to the upset of enough people, and virtually the whole Eastern Bloc, that the popularity of the sport is reduced to a handfull. Powerlifting is not big enough to do something as drastic as this right now. Besides, the pharmaceutically enhanced lifter of a current weight class is just going to compete in the new weight class and set new records and the record is probably going to be even bigger because if the IPF does what the IWF, or whatever the international Weightlifting body name was did, the weightclass limit is going to increase, and I don't know about you, but I know I'm significantly stronger at my heavy training weight than my competitive weight.
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