Female powerlifters wanted at Tokyo 2020 games

Female powerlifters wanted at Tokyo 2020 games

World Para Powerlifting has launced a new campaign to boost gender equality in powerlifting at the Tokyo 2020 paralympics. The 'She Can Lift' program aims to attract more female lifters to the sport, and boost the number of female coaches and officials at the games.

As a result there will be an equal number of qualification slots for men and women's powerlifting at Tokyo 2020.

"By providing these opportunities for women, they will feel empowered and inspired,” said World Para Powerlifting level two official and course educator Jenny Ortiz Cardenas.

"These coaches and technical officials will create a more open and comfortable environment and encourage more female athletes to compete in para powerlifting."

Central to the She Can Lift program is the development of gender specific content and resources for coaches and technical officials, with a strategic focus on different regions of the world.

"This project is central to increasing the number of women involved in the sport," said World Para Powerlifting Coordinator Dillon Richardson.

"By targeting and training female coaches and technical officials in different regions, we hope to boost females' involvement and participation, and to inspire similar projects to take place at the national level."

World Para Powerlifting aims to implement the She Can Lift program ahead of several para powerlifting competitions in 2019.

Image: Agência Brasil Fotografias/Wikimedia Commons

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