The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as characterized by the World Health Organization (WHO) last week is causing a multitude of powerlifting events to be canceled, postponed, or otherwise forced to adjust the events accordingly.
Here are the events that have had details published about or have been affected thus far:
- The 2020 Sheffield Powerlifting Championships
- The Kern US Open
- World Classic & Equipped Masters Powerlifting Championships – Sun City, South Africa
- World Classic & Equipped Masters Powerlifting Championships – Pilzen, Czech Republic
- The 2020 Sea Cup
- World Classic Powerlifting Championships
- USA Powerlifting Events
- IPF Classic Worlds and Classic & Equipped Bench Press Championships
The 2020 Sheffield Powerlifting Championships scheduled to take place in Sheffield, UK have been canceled due to the rampant spread of the coronavirus. According to comments by the organizers:
“…with the unprecedented escalation of the coronavirus outbreak, the cancellation of sports events globally and the growing travel disruptions, there is no option but to cancel Sheffield 2020.”
The International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) is already in the planning process for Sheffield 2021.
The Kern US Open that was scheduled for April 25-26 in San Diego, California has been postponed. According to World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) President Russell Kern, the new date for the event is November 21-22 at the same location.
Several event postponements were announced via the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF)’s Instagram TV video below, including the World Classic & Equipped Masters Powerlifting Championships set to happen in Sun City, South Africa being postponed until October. These changes were confirmed in the IPF’s official statement. Check out the video below:
“For the health of our people, to make sure that nobody get in touch with people who have the coronavirus. The other reason is a lot of flights have been canceled so it will be very difficult for most people to get to Europe or Africa. We have no other choice.”
For the same reasons as stated in the IPF’s Instagram TV video above — spread of the coronavirus outbreak and disrupted travel — the World Classic & Equipped Championships set to take place in Pilzen, Czech Republic have been postponed until August.
According to the IPF’s official statement regarding the postponement of international events:
“The World Sub-Junior, Junior & Open Classic Powerlifting Championships in Minsk/BLR are currently not affected and NOT scheduled to be postponed, but of course we need to monitor the situation and we will set the necessary action if needed.”
The World Sub-Junior, Junior & Open Classic Powerlifting Championships in Minsk, Belarus that are still set to happen as scheduled will take place for June 11-20.
According to the announcement made by IPF Gaston Parage, the World Classic Powerlifting Championships have been postponed until September 24th through October 4th, 2020.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, The Sea Cup originally scheduled for April has been postponed until September 4-6 by the Thai Powerlifting Federation (TPF). It will be held at the same venue assuming there is not an additional need for another round of postponement.
“…at this point, it’s better to be safe than sorry and look forward to coming back even stronger in September.”
According to their press release from March 9th, all USA Powerlifting (USAPL) sanctioned events are currently happening as scheduled unless otherwise stated.The Executive Committee is “…closely monitoring the CDC, Federal, and state and local government guidance on the Novel Coronavirus.”
The following events have been changed:
- 2020 USAPL SoDak State Meet – March 13 – Canceled.
- 2020 USAPL New Orleans Invitational – March 14 – Postponed.
- 2020 USAPL Collegiate National Championships – April 3 – Postponed.
- 2020 USAPL Louisiana State Games & RAW High School State Championships – April 25 – Canceled.
- 2020 USAPL Open Nationals – May 8-10 – Postponed.
- 2020 USAPL Powerlifting High School National Championships – Postponed until June 30-July 2.
On July 27th, IPF President Gaston Parage announced that the IPF Classic Worlds and Classic & Equipped Bench Press Championships were canceled.
Feature image from USA Powerlifting’s Instagram page: @usapowerlifting