Powerlifting

Short History

     The idea of powerlifting originated in Ancient China, Greece and Persia, as men lifted stones to prove their strength and manhood. The modern sport developed in the 1950s primarily in the US and England by weightlifters who felt that Olympic weightlifting event placed too much emphasis on technique and not enough on sheer strength. Previously, the weightlifting governing bodies in both countries had recognized various "odd lifts" for competition and record purposes. In 1958, the AAU's National Weightlifting Committee decided to begin recognizing records for odd lifts. In the late 1950s, a breakaway organization called the Society of Amateur Weightlifters had been formed to cater for the interests of lifters who were not interested in Olympic lifting.
     In 1965 the first National Powerlifting Championships were held in York, Pennsylvania, US. The first British Championship was held in 1966. During the late 1960s various friendly international contests were held. In 1971 the first AAU World Championships were held. The rules system did not exist yet, nor had world records been established. Immediately after the second AAU World Championships in 1972 the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) was formed. The IPF is the oldest and most prominent powerlifting federation. Powerlifting today, has many different federations. Different federations have different rules and different interpretations of the rules. Differences arise on the equipment eligible, clothing, drug testing...

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