“In terms of organization, the World Weightlifting Championships in Ashgabat can easily be compared with the Olympic Games,” Misak Papikyan, head of the weightlifting federation of Novosibirsk region, said in an interview with ORIENT.
“Starting from picking up at the airport, hotels accommodation, catering and to competitions – everything is done according to the highest standard. Moreover, there has never been such an opening ceremony at world championships, like in Turkmenistan. Therefore, we are grateful that such a big weightlifting event was organized here,” he added.
“The Olympic town in Ashgabat fully corresponds to its status – it can host the Olympic Games,” Papikyan emphasized.
Talking about his ward Tatyana Aleyeva, the champion of Russia, who performs in Women’s 64kg weight category division, the coach said that she had been preparing for these competitions for a year. She will compete with strongest athletes to win the lucky ticket for Tokyo 2020.