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Press Release, Arnold Sports Festival

Posted By: Larry Maile
Date: Wednesday, 11 April 2007, at 9:40 a.m.


USA Powerlifting, America's Premiere Powerlifting Organization to Present World Level Competition at the Arnold Sports Festival 2008

Columbus, Ohio --- USA Powerlifting (USAPL) will join the Arnold Sports Festival as a key partner in 2008. USAPL, the only US member of the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF), is headquartered in Columbia City, Indiana. The membership includes more than 5,500 men and women who compete with an organizational commitment to drug free performance.

"The Arnold Sports Festival will celebrate 20 years of excellence in sports performance in 2008," said Jim Lorimer, Producer of the annual event. "Each year, the event grows with additional sports and competitors. USAPL shares our commitment to the presentation of a professionally organized competition based on the principles of sportsmanship and a level playing field."

The IPF is the oldest and largest international governing body for the sport of powerlifting, and is recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Founded in 1971, the IPF includes member federations from more than 100 countries. The IPF also has an established relationship with WADA and pursues the strictest of antidoping procedures.

Dr. Larry Maile, President of USA Powerlifting, added, "USA Powerlifting is committed to the honor and integrity of competitive powerlifting. We are thrilled to join the Arnold Sports Festival in the presentation of this sport on a fair competitive platform emphasizing honor and respect. Our international affiliation with the esteemed International Powerlifting Federation will bring added attention to the sport and the Arnold Sports Festival."

The Arnold Sports Festival is held annually in Columbus, Ohio on the first weekend in March. The 2008 event will be held February 29, March 1-2 and will host 39 events - including 14 Olympic sports. In 2007, the Festival welcomed 150,000 visitors, 17,000 athletes, and generated an estimated $39 million for the central Ohio community.

Suzanne Irwin, Media
Arnold Sports Festival


With this new development for USA Powerlifting comes many questions. Information will be forthcoming concerning the qualifications, meet structure, etc., for USAPL's involvement in the Arnold Sports Festival.

Please do not call or e-mail, information will be posted on this website as more details are available. I appreciate your patience.

Larry Maile
USAPL President


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