IWF Director General Attilla Adamfi, IWF Director of Communication and Marketing Lilla Rozgonyi, USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews, USA Weightlifting Senior Events Manager Pedro Meloni and USA Weightlifting Director of Membership, Communications & Digital Marketing Kevin Farley don hard hats to tour a possible location for an athlete celebration for the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, Calif.
A delegation from the International Weightlifting Federation traveled to Anaheim, California this week to meet with the Organizing Committee planning this year's IWF World Championships.
Led by Director General Attila Adamfi, the IWF delegation toured the competition venue, the Anaheim Convention Center. The IWF also visited hotels that will serve as home for hundreds of athletes, coaches and technical officials for the competition, scheduled November 28-December 6, 2017.
"We had great meetings with the IWF here in Anaheim," USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews said at the conclusion of the site visit Friday. "We look forward to continue finalizing plans with our great partners at Visit Anaheim and the IWF. We cannot wait to welcome the world back to the United States."
For the first time ever, the United States will host consecutive World Championships. Houston-Harris County Sports Authority served as host the previous World Championships in 2015.
The Organizing Committee shared its creative vision for the event with Adamfi and IWF Director of Communication and Marketing Lilla Rozgonyi during the three days of meetings in Anaheim. During that time the IWF delegation met with the United States Olympic Committee which expressed its support for the World Championships in Anaheim.
The Organizing Committee for the 2017 IWF Weightlifting World Championships discuss logistics with the IWF and other stakeholders in Anaheim, California, Wednesday February 15
The Organizing Committee and the IWF also walked through plans for the competition space, IWF Executive Board and Congress meeting venues and marketing plans. Other topics discussed included event ticketing, accreditation and spectator meal options. Athletes will enjoy meals provided by our partners at Trifecta Nutrition.
Creating a unique and memorable experience for athletes, coaches and spectators is a major focus. The Organizing Committee and the IWF delegation toured potential sites for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and discussed ways to create the most memorable World Championships yet.
USA Weightlifting Senior Events Manager Pedro Meloni, Director of Membership, Communications and Digital Marketing Kevin Farley and Andrews met with their California counterparts to iron out details for the event. Roy Edmonson, Visit Anaheim's Vice President of Sports Development and Rip Hunter, CEO of Get Travel, along with the rest of the Organizing Committee, discussed athlete registration and other important procedures with the IWF that will be published in the coming weeks.
As preparations continue, tickets and spectator hotel package are already on sale for the event at 2017wwcAnaheim.com. Bookmark the site as new information is continually added.