United States to Host 2017 Pan American Championships in Miami

By Anna Resman | June 09, 2016, 7:42 p.m. (ET)

The Pan American Weightlifting Federation has awarded the United States the right to host the 2017 Pan American Championships in Miami, Florida, with provisional dates of July 21 – 28, 2017.

The championship will take place at the Miccosukee Casino & Resort, located along the southeastern edge of the Florida Everglades, just outside of downtown Miami.

This is the highest level of competition for senior athletes in the western hemisphere. The United States last hosted in 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.

The 2017 Pan American Championships, in conjunction with the same competition in 2018, will determine the number of available competition slots for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

While delegations are gathered in Miami, the annual congress of the Pan American Weightlifting Federation will also occur.

“USA Weightlifting is delighted to welcome our Pan American friends back to the United States. We are honored to host this competition and the congress. In hosting, we also show our commitment to the Pan American region and to playing a larger role in this prestigious continental weightlifting federation,” said USA Weightlifting CEO, Phil Andrews.

Immediately following the Pan American Championships, the second event of the American Open Series will take place, with provisional dates of July 28 to 31. 2017 is the inaugural year of the new American Open Series, featuring three competitions throughout the year and culminating with a final event in December in Anaheim, California.

Event regulation, along with ticket and hotel information, will be released in late 2016 for both competitions.            

Team USA is currently in action at the 2016 Pan American Championships in Cartagena, Colombia. This year’s event is the final qualification event for the Olympic Games in August and will determine if the men’s team receives an Olympic berth.