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Will powerlifting ever be in the olympics?
Will powerlifting ever be an Olympic sport? That question is open to debate as powerlifting is arguably somewhat similar to Olympic weightlifting in many ways. The goal is to lift a heavier weigh lload than your competitors. And unlike sports like skating and gymnastics, powerlifting does not have a subjective winner but whoever hoists the most weight takes home the trophy.
Powerlifting is already an international sport and recognized in most countries across and around the world. It has good recognition and is gaining in popularity. Powerlifting has been a Paralympic sport (bench press only) for the past 30 years.
More and more sports incorporate some type of powerlifting movement into their training routine, extending recognition even further. And the powerlifting athletes are truly impressive, being able to lift huge amounts of weights.
A couple of arguments against powerlifting Ė some people feel that most powerlifters donít have agility, and the static approach of the sport can be boring compared to the constant action of some other sport like boxing, basketball or volleyball.
However, it can be exciting to watch massive amounts of weight being lifted, and the powerlifters are usually animated.
The Olympic venue is no long term guarantee for anyone and entertainment value seems to be the main factor. Wresting was recently given the hook and who knows which sports will be allowed into the Games in the future. However, powerlifting should be given a shot.
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