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Posted By: Jason "Megathrust man" Burnell
Date: Thursday, 19 July 2007, at 3:23 p.m.

Ok, I signed up for the IPF Magazine International Powerlifter. It's pretty interesting - contest results, news etc. It's not as big as PLUSA, of course but it's specific to IPF and it's affiliates. So far, it comes in a timely fashion and has addressed a lot of the new rules etc.

I did find a couple of things to be worth discussing:

1) In the latest issue, it is noted that should any lifter fail for anabolics at the World Games that the country and the lifter will be suspended for 2 years.

Just below that, it notes that the suspensions for Russia and the Ukraine are to be ended early.

I had to read it twice. Russia and the Ukraine each had a LOT of failures over a lot of years and their suspensions are to be reduced BUT should another country have a single failure they get two years for the fed AND the lifter? How is that fair?

2) The second thing that caught my eye was that Norbert Wallauch made an announcement that he was going to run for president again. He noted unfinished business as well as accomplishments and goals etc. I had to think about it for a while.

I've never been a huge fan of the IPF in terms of it's policies and some of the rules they make but a couple of things stand out to me.

1) Under Wallauch's rule (with the help of John Inzer) the issue of the Frantz lawsuit was able to be settled so that the IPF could have meets in the US.

2)We witnessed something I never thought would happen. The IPF sanctioned Russia and the Ukraine for doping violations. I was one of the many that was very unhappy that since USAPL gained the IPF affiliation we've been sending a knife to a gun fight in terms of sending a drug free/drug tested team to the worlds when we knew that some countries were not. To my great surprise, the IPF took a stand and sent a message. Again, it happend under Wallauchs watch.

3) The IPF took away the "Press" command, which had been a part of the bench press for decades. This was horrible because a) the pauses seemed to get shorter and shorter and b) it eroded our rep as a fed with strict adherance to the rules and c)it distanced our lifts from the history of the sport as well as the rest of the lifters in the world of PL.

However, the IPF realized that this was a mistake and returned the "press" command. I've heard that it is difficult to admit to a mistake so I applaud the IPF for stepping up and correcting the problem.

It will be interesting to see what other changes are in our future.


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