Rio 2016 Athlete and Navy Sgt. Rosane dos Santos using Rio 2016 equipment in its new home.
It's been a year since the Weightlifting competition at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ended. But for the equipment used in the competition, its life was just beginning.
The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) partnered with ZKC of China to provide the equipment used at the Olympic Games in Brazil. Rio 2016 Sport Manager (and USA Weightlifting Senior Events Manager) Pedro Meloni and IWF Director General Attila Adamfi traveled to ZKC to monitor the process for the equipment used at the Games. From raw steel to the final, polished product, ZKC was committed to create equipment that could be enjoyed for generations after the xx-day Olympic competition in Rio de Janeiro.
As part of the Rio 2016 legacy, the Weightlifting equipment was transferred to the Weightlifting National Training Center after the Games. Last November, CEFAN-- a Navy base in Rio de Janeiro-- held a celebration to welcome the gift that would train members of Brazil's armed forces and other weightlifting athletes.
“It is very pleasant to see that the equipment used in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has already been directed to legacy, with such important action” Meloni told the IWF. “The CEFAN and the Brazilian Navy were outstanding partners from the beginning of the project. I am sure that the athletes will greatly benefit from this new facility”.
CEFAN is the home of more than 60 weightlifting athletes, including junior and youth athletes from grassroots programs. Many of them are also part of the Brazilian national squad. Under the guidance of Lieutenant Carlos Henrique Aveiro, Technical Director of the Training Center and project leader, the team has won more than 150 medals in national and international championships, including a Gold Medal in the Youth World Championships.
From the IWF: A look at ZKC creating Rio 2016 Competition Equipment