The 2020 Russian Weightlifting Championship, which was scheduled for June in Chechnya’s Grozny, will be moved to autumn, Maxim Agapitov, the president of the Russian Weightlifting Federation (RWF), told TASS on Wednesday, APA reports citing TASS.
"The Russian Weightlifting Championship, which was initially scheduled to be organized in Grozny this June, will be postponed," Agapitov said. "We are most likely to move this tournament to early autumn."
"There will be a new date announced for the tournament and in case Grozny will be still able to host it, the organizers of the tournament remain unchanged," he continued.
"However, we have alternatives in case Grozny decides to pull out," Agapitov stated. "Exact dates will be announced after athletes cleared of quarantine and begin trainings. This is all it is about."
Two weeks ago, Agapitov told TASS that the 2020 European Weightlifting Championship in the Russian capital of Moscow, which was rescheduled for mid-June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, had been postponed again until autumn.
The championship was initially scheduled to be hosted by Moscow on April 4-12, but on March 10 the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced a decision to move the tournament for June 13-21 as a preventive measure against the ongoing global spread of the novel coronavirus.
The European Weightlifting Championship in Moscow had the status of the qualifying tournament for the Summer Olympic Games in Japan.
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