LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (October 3, 2018) - Today SportsTravel Magazine awarded the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation World Weightlifting Championships with its Best Amateur Single-Sport Event Award.
Held November 28 through December 5, 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, the 2017 IWF World Weightlifting Championships hosted 328 athletes from 68 different nations. At the event, 5 world records were broken, and sixteen athletes were crowned World Champions.
"We're so honored to win this award," USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews said. "We had terrific partners with the International Weightlifting Federation and Visit Anaheim to carry out such a successful World Championships."
“It was great to welcome the world to Anaheim,” Roy Edmonson, Vice President of Sports Anaheim said. “We worked very hard for more than a year to try and bring a World Championships the athletes would remember for a lifetime. We thank SportsTravel for recognizing our efforts.”
Members of Visit Anaheim and USA Weightlifting comprised the Organizing Committee which was tasked with arranging not only the competition; but managing logistics surrounding lodging, meals, training and other aspects of the eight-day competition
Prior to the competition in Anaheim, the Organizing Committee held a training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada for international athletes from four nations to come get acclimated to the United States. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, along with MGM Resorts International and Average Broz. Gym sponsored the camp and supported the international athletes who attended.
The Organizing Committee wishes to thank all of its sponsors and partners who helped make the event such a success.
This is the second time in three years the IWF World Weightlifting Championships won a SportsTravel Award. SportsTravel magazine awarded the 2015 IWF World Weightlifting Championships with the Best Amateur Single-Sport Event of the Year. Houston-Harris County hosted that event.