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June 15, 2021

The IPF World Classic and Masters Powerlifting Championships move to Eleiko HQ

Eleiko to welcome athletes and federations from around the world to Halmstad as the new host for the IPFs largest annual competition — the 2021 World Classic Powerlifting Championships.

Eleiko, a VIP partner to the IPF, will be hosting and working closely with the IPF to bring the 2021 World Classic Powerlifting Championships to Halmstad Sweden in the fall.

The IPF 2021 World Classic Championships, scheduled to start September 23, 2021, is the biggest annual event on the IPF calendar with more than 600 athletes from around the world participating in the competition. Eleiko's Halmstad headquarters will serve as the venue for the Championships taking advantage of the full sports centre and event hosting capabilities included in the headquarters design a few years. Eleiko will provide the equipment and set up the event in compliance with all safety measures and COVID protocols to ensure a safe event for athletes. The IPF will handle the administration of the event.

"We are happy to support the IPF and give lifters the opportunity to return to competition on the international circuit after this long hiatus from live competition,” said Erik Blomberg, Eleiko CEO. “We will give our very best to provide the finest conditions for all teams. We are excited to host a world-class event for the athletes and be part of creating a safe and memorable experience for everybody attending the World Championships here in Halmstad.”

The IPF made the difficult decision to reconsider Belarus as the original event location due to the current political climate. “I am sorry for the organising committee as they did a great job with the preparations for the event,“ said IPF President Gaston Parage. "However, the IPF has the responsibility for the health and safety of its lifters, coaches and officials and therefore this was the only logical decision.“

In addition to the 2021 World Classic, the IPF will also move the IPF World Masters Powerlifting Championships from South Africa to Halmstad Sweden due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions in South Africa.

This will be the second time Halmstad will host the IPF for a World Championships, the 2018 Open Powerlifting Championships were held here as well.

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At Eleiko, we work to make people stronger, so they can perform better – in sports and in life. For over 60 years, Eleiko has been a worldwide leader in international weightlifting, powerlifting and strength & conditioning communities. Eleiko is uniquely certified by the IWF, IPF and Para-Powerlifting federations. Our products have been delivered to more than 180 countries and are often seen at the world’s largest championships and in the most respected strength training facilities. More than 1,000 world records have been set with an Eleiko barbell. With quality, innovation and customer service as guiding principles, Eleiko is the leading equipment provider and educator in strength.