Create: 11/13/2005 - 12:02
Kieren Kidder has made a short post at Go Heavy about a meeting he had with IPF president Norbert Wallauch, with a title of "Potential progress". In it he says
Of course they both love powerlifting. So do each of the leaders of the many powerlifting federations. So do the lifters in each of those federations. But that common ground probably isn't enough to bring powerlifting together. It's an extremely fractured sport. That makes it a less credible one in many eyes. Can we expect anything to come of this meeting? Or is this just pr posturing? Is there any hope for some sort of unification of powerlifting? Or are the federations and lifters so far apart with regards to equipment, drug testing, judging and egos that unification is next to impossible? The first step is always a willingness to talk. In that respect, the meeting is a good thing. But there's a heck of a lot else that stands between achieving any sort of unified sport of Powerlifting.
After spending a couple of hours with Norbert it was obvious that we share many of the same points of view, and we both love powerlifting. We discussed many issues pro/con that concern us about the sports irecton.