The CNMI Weightlifting Federation will hold a qualifying event next month in its bid to form a competitive team for the 2018 Micronesian Games, which is scheduled from July 15 to 28 in Yap.
The qualifying event is set for Feb. 17 at the Latte Built 24-Hour Fitness and Nutrition Center at the back of the Marianas Visitors Authority office in San Jose.
The one-day tournament is open to athletes 13 years old and up. No awards or medals will be given away as only slots for the CNMI national weightlifting team will be up for grabs.
The qualifying tournament will start with the weigh-ins at 10am, while the actual competition in each weight category begins after 30 minutes.
Members of Latte Built gym, owned by fitness instructor Derek Cutting, are free to join the qualifier, while non-members will be charged a $1 fee just to compete. Registration forms are available at Latte Built or can be obtained by getting in touch with any CNMI Weightlifting board member.
The event is part of CNMI Weightlifting’s continued efforts in promoting the Olympic sport, which has consistently produced medals for the Commonwealth in various tournaments in the Micronesian and Oceania regions.
Angel San Nicolas, in the last Pacific Mini Games, went home with a bronze medal in the men’s 94kg division. Ray Santos, Joey Tudela, Bonnie Cruz, Harold Aranda, David Barnhouse Jr., Salvi Villanueva, and Leo Apelo Jr. also won medals for the CNMI in other off-island competitions.
Weightlifting has been an Olympic event since the 1972 Munich Games and it offers eight weight classes each in the men’s and women’s divisions.
For more information, call CNMI Weightlifting president John H. Davis at 789-9211.