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Fiji to host 2019 IWF Junior World Champiponships

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Executive Board unanimously decided to award the hosting rights for the 2019 IWF Junior World Championships to Weightlifting Fiji and the city of Suva, FIJI.more

Employment Opportunity @ Weightlifting Fiji

We are looking for a passionate High Performance / National Coach to join our dynamic team to improve our rankings and performances in the international arena.more

OWF February 2017 Newsletter

Newsletter from the Oceania Weightlifting Federation.more

CONGRATULATIONS to all the nominees and winners of the 2016 Fiji Sports Awards

It was an exciting night at the Fiji Sports Awards and Weightlifting Fiji had an excellent showing of nominees and winners of the Fiji Sport Awards. Click for more information on winners.more

Apolonia Wins Gold

Apolonia Vaivai won a GOLD Medal at the Commonwealth Championships last night in Penang, Malaysia.more

Eileen Continues to Impress

17-year-old Team Fiji weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana has won Fiji's first ever medal at World level in weightlifting, in the early hours of this morning Fiji time.more

World Medal Target for Weightlifting

Young 17 year old Weightlifting sensation Eileen Cikamatana will be going for a medal at tonight’s World Youth Championships.more

Maria Liku in Possible 5th Place at 2012 London Olympics

Maria Liku who finished in 8th place at the London Olympics could possibly move up to a high of 5th place, once all due process by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) have been completed.more

Five Weightlifters for Maylaysia

The IWF World Youth Championships and Commonwealth Championships will be taking place in Penang, Malaysia next week.more

Latest Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation Newsletter

20th September 2016more

Athlete Allocation System for XXI Commonwealth Games

XXI Commonwealth Games  Gold Coast  04 – 15 April 2018
International Weightlifting Federation  Weightliftingmore

2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships

Junior Final Resultsmore

2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships

Youth Final Resultsmore

2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships

Senior Final Resultsmore

Final Schedule for the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships



Suva will host the most prestigious group of VIPS for any International Sporting event, when a who’s who of Weightlifting world will descend in Suva next week for the Olympic Qualifying Event.more

24 local weightlifters to participate in Oceania Weightlifting Championship

The Fiji men's weightlifting team will need to finish in the top five and the women's in the top four of the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championship to be able to select representatives for the Rio Olympics in August.more

5 Days Left

5 Days Left to watch Oceania's strongest at The 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships in Suva, Fiji. Click more for an exciting May issue of Oceania Weightlifting Federation's newsletter.more

We need to work as a team to qualify for Olympics - Vueti

National Weightlifting Coach Josefa Vueti said they need to work as a team for them to qualify for the Rio Olympics.more

Samoa, Australia weightlifters tipped for top spots

SAMOA and Australia will be top contenders at the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships next week says co-chair of OCW organising committee Atma Maharaj.more

Fiji picks 24 weightlifters for Oceania Championship

TWENTY four athletes have been selected to represent Fiji for the Oceania Weightlifting Championship scheduled for the May 24-28 at the Vodafone Arena.more

Battle Lines Drawn

Samoa and Australia will be battling for top honours for the Weightlifting’s Olympic Qualification places.more


Weightlifting Fiji has named a strong team of 24 athletes for the upcoming 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships.more

Weightlifting Fiji Awards from 2008-2015

Awards won by members of Fiji Weightlifting Association Membersmore

Final Entries to the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships- Olympic Qualifiers

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Oceania Weightlifting Championships Timetable


Cikamatana to attend Oceania weightlifting program

FIFTEEN-year-old Eileen Cikamatana has been selected to attend the Oceania Talent Identification Program (OTIP) from January 12 to 19.more

Vaivai claims bronze for Fiji in weightlifting

Apolonia Vaivai has claimed a bronze medal for Fiji in the women’s 75kg weightlifting category at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.more

Weightlifting Fiji qualify for Oceania

Weightlifting Fiji has confirmed their youth team that will be taking part at the Oceania qualifiers at the end of the month.more

Manueli Tulo eyes Commonwealth Games spot

Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship gold medalist Manueli Tulo is back in the frame and is highly likely to secure a spot in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.more

MARIA in Top 8 at the Olympics

Maria Liku became the best placed Fiji athlete, ever, at any Olympics, when she came 8th in the 63 Kg category weightlifting competition

Maria lifted a total of 82 Kg in the snatch and 100Kg in the Clean & Jerk, to record a total of 182 Kg.

While this was slightly below her best, it was more important that she placed well.

Maria has been training in Noumea and Levuka continuously for the best part of the past 4 years, initially with Manueli Tulo and more recently with the strongest women in Fiji, Apolonia Vaivai.more

TULO Placed 13th at the Olympics

Manueli Tulo was placed a credible 13th, in the 56 Kg category at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

This is the equal third best finish by any Fiji athlete at any Olympics.

Tulo lifted a total of 105 Kg easily in the snatch event, with his attempt of a big personal best of 110kg, being unsuccessful.

He then managed 128kg in the clean & jerk lift, failing at 132kg twice. This was below his personal best of 137kg.

While a personal best alluded Tulo, a total of 233kg was still a respectable lift.

This is despite his mixed final preparation in the last 5 weeks, after his knee injury at the Oceania Championships, in Samoa in June.more

2012 Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation Rankings as at 30 June, 2012

Produced by: Michael Noonan CWF Statisticianmore

Weightlifting Entries for London Olympic Games

Weightlifting Entries for London Olympic Games - Final Entry List for the London 2012 Olympic Games (as of 10 July 2012)more

Yee Plans for London (Fiji Times - Rashneel Kumar)

LIKE most national athletes, Team Fiji Chef de Mission Christopher Yee will also be making his debut in the Olympic Games in London from July 27 to August 12.
Chef de Mission is a person who manages teams in big events like the Olympics.

Yee, who has been part of Team Fiji and Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) for over a decade, is bracing for the biggest challenge in his sports administrating career at the London Games.

He believes dedication and hard work had enabled him to make his first-ever Olympics and thanks his mentor, Atma Maharaj for the guidance.more

Tulo top of the pile (Fiji Times - Rashneel Kumar)

FIJI'S top weightlifter Manueli Tulo has received a major boost ahead of the Olympic Games in London.

In the latest Commonwealth rankings released by the Commonwealth Games Federation, Tulo is ranked on top in the men's 56 kilogram category.

His coach and the Oceania Weightlifting Institute director Paul Coffa said the release of the rankings was timely as the Levuka lad was preparing to make his debut in the Olympic Games.more

Weightlifters Rewrite Fiji Sporting History Books

Weightlifting Fiji achieved a huge milestone as the only sport to ever qualify two athletes on merit for any Olympics that Fiji has taken part in.

It also became the first Team Event to qualify for London; the qualification event being a Team Based Qualification.

Fiji has qualified to take one male and one female lifter to the London Olympic Games.

Fiji was competing with 17 other countries in the Oceania Championships in Samoa. This Championships was also the Continental Olympic Qualification Event.more

Fiji Still in the Hunt

FIJI IS STILL HOPING TO QUALIFY 2 lifters to the Olympics Games, after another day of solid performances by its lifters at the Olympic Qualificatin Tournament, on Day 2 in Samoa.

Tevita Tawai won a silver medal Open and Junior categories in the 69Kg with a lift of 245kg (Snatch – 103Kg and 137kg in Clean & Jerk)

Peni Taqua came a close fourth in the 77kg category with a personal best lift of 275 Kg (Snatch 120kg & C&J 155kg)

Student Julia Timi came fourth with a lift of 146 kg (Snatch – 65kg and C&J with 81kg)more

Pacific Lifters Dominated Oceania Championships

The 2012 Oceania Weightlifting Championships and continental Olympic qualification came to an end yesterday– Saturday 9th June.more

Top 2 lifters owe success to mates

NATIONAL weightlifting coach Jo Vueti has credited the local lifters for helping Manueli Tulo and Maria Liku qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

He said if it wasn't for the 10 local lifters, Tulo and Liku would not have qualified for the Olympics.

Vueti said the local lifters, despite training with limited resources in a village on a small island , managed to do what others with better resources were not able to do.more

Gold Galore for Fiji Weightlifters

Fiji came away with TWO OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS SENIOR GOLD MEDALS and several other medals at the Oceania Championships in Samoa today.

The Championships is also the Olympic Qualification event for London 2012. It also doubles up as Commonwealth Championships; Oceania Youth & Oceania Junior Championships

Manueli TULO won the Men's 56kg with a total lift of 237kg (107kg Snatch and 130kg for Clean & Jerk)

Maria Liku won the Women's 58kg category with a massive personal best of 188kg (84kg for Snatch and 104kg for Clean & Jerk) to win the Oceania Championships. She is now ranked 23rd in the World this year.more

Fiji to Host 2014 Oceania Weightlifting Championships

Fiji won the bid to host the 2014 Oceania Weightlifting Championships, during the Oceania Weightlifting Congress, being held in Samoa.

Fiji was announced as the Host, when Federated States of Micronesia withdrew its bid.

Our bid was presented by Manueli Tulo.

Dr Thamas Ajan, the President of International Weightlifting Federation announced that the Championships will also serve as the qualification event for the 2nd Youth Olympic Games, which will be held in 2014 in Nanjing, China.more

International Weightlifting praises Fiji counterpart

April 05, 2012

The International Weightlifting Federation has applauded Weightlifting Fiji on being awarded the Best Sports Federation at the FASANOC/Fiji Sports Council joint-awards last month.

In a report on their website, IWF said Weightlifting Fiji president Atma Maharaj and his office ‘have done tremendous work in order to bring weightlifting into the center of attention in the Fijian sport life.’

Read the article here: http://www.fijilive.com/sports/news/2012/04/05/26499.Fijilive


Information Bulletin 2012 - Commonwealth & Oceania Senior, Junior & Youth Weightlifting Championships

Information Bulletin 2012 - Commonwealth & Oceania Senior, Junior & Youth Weightlifting Championships


Weightlifters Eye Olympic Qualifications

Weightlifting Fiji is looking to qualify two lifters for this year’s London Olympic Games. Fiji will take part in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Samoa from May 22nd to May 26th 2012.

The Top 5 Men’s Team and the Top 4 Women’s Team will qualify one lifter each for London.  The Fiji Men’s Team will compromise of 7 lifters, out of which 6 will score towards Men’s Team Points.

In the Women’s Team event, Fiji is looking to enter 5 lifters, of which 4 will score towards the Women’s Team Points.


Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation Latest News - January, 2012

Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation Latest News - January, 2012


2011 World Rankings

Weightlifting Fiji had a total of 11 of its lifters who appeared in the 2011 World Rankings senior division. 5 Of these athletes are ranked in the Junior Division, with one in the Youth Division.

Best World Ranked lifters are Manueli Tulo (28th) and Maria Liku (31st) in the Senior Division. This is Fiji's best ever performance in world ranking. A major feat, considering that we only had 3 active lifters in whole of Fiji in 2008.


Weightlifting Fiji scooped two awards at the 2011 Sports Awards

Weightlifting Fiji scooped two awards at the 2011 Sports Awards on 2nd March 2012.

Weightlifting Fiji won the National Sports Federation of the Year.

Maria Liku won her second Sports Woman of the Year. She first won this award in 2009.


Weightlifting Success at Pacific Games

Weightlifting Fiji is very proud of an outstanding performance by its very young team of lifters, who won a total of 7 Gold, 6 Silver and 8 Bronze – the best performance ever.

The 7 Gold medals were the best of all Fiji sports at the Games followed closely by Karate and Shooting with 6 Gold medals each.

The 21 medals were won by a team of 11 lifters comprising 6 men and 5 women. Apart from Co-Coaches Joe Vueti and Paula Peniasi Tawai, the other 9 lifters are under the age of 21.


Oceania Institute lifters surprise USA at the Arnold International

The highlight of this years annual Arnold Festival Weightlifting Championships was the competition organized by Mark Cannella, between the Pacific Islands versus Mainland USA. Although the islanders team was handicapped due to not having a full team, nevertheless they came out on top of the tournament, beating Mainland USA - by winning 5 categories of the 7 categories contested.


Manueli TULO poised for GOLD on World Circuit, 22nd March 2011

Tulo, who won a silver medal at the IWF Continental Club Grand Prix in Penang, Malaysia in December 2010, is poised to be awarded GOLD Medal for the same event.

According to Hindustan Times of India (March 9th 2011), the Gold Medallist from the competition, Sukhen Dey of India, has already been caught with a positive result from the Drug Test at the event. This means that he automatically loses his Gold Medal, once the IWF goes through the appropriate announcement process. (see story on page 2)


Ban looms for lifting body, Navneet Singh, Hindustan Times

The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is one dope offence away from another international ban. Two lifters, Sukhen Dey and Anupdeo Toppo, are already in the dope net having tested positive in the Continental Clubs Grand Prix in Penang, Malaysia, last December. Dey won gold in Malaysia and silver in the 56kg category of the Delhi Games. Toppo bagged silver in the 77kg category in Penang.

This means another offence in an international competition or failing a random test by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) could spell doom for  the India months after it paid $50,000 (Rs 22.5 lakh approx.) to the international federation to compete in the Delhi Games. The fine is for three or more dope offences in one calendar year.


Golden lift

OLYMPIC youth weightlifting gold medallist Manueli Tulo lived up to his words of increasing Fiji's medal tally at the Pacific Games in New Caledonia. Tulo won three gold medals for Fiji in the 56kg weightlifting competition at Conception Hall in Mont-Dore yesterday.

He dedicated his first Pacific Games gold medal to all the fathers in Fiji who celebrated Father's Day on Sunday. The Levuka lad snatched a personal best of 105kg and lifted 126kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 231kg.


Weightlifter Tulo to lead Team Fiji

SENSATIONAL weightlifter Manueli Tulo will be Team Fiji's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2011 Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia tomorrow.

The 20-year-old Levuka lad, who is ranked number one in the Oceania, is one of Fiji's top gold medal prospects.

Tulo is region's finest weightlifter in the junior and senior 56 kilogram category.

His dad Sunia Uataletale, who first received the news from Times Sport, said he was proud of his son's achievement.


Tulo finishes 30th at World Championships

Manueli Tulo, took a conservative approach for his comeback competition at the World Championships in Turkey.

He finished in 30th place overall in the 56Kg weight category, with a conservative lift of 220kg.

This was well short of his Personal best of 240Kg, which he recorded in Suva at the 2010 Oceania Weightlifting Championships.

Weightlifting Fiji had targeted a top 25 finish, as he needs to start accumulating points towards his Olympic Qualification for London 2012.


Samsung Athlete Scholarship Announced

The Oceania Foundation and the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) last week, were pleased to announce yesterday the awarding of Samsung scholarships to athletes from the region to assist them in preparing for the 2010 SYOG or the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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