Power and Performance Shine at Battle of the Barbell 2024 Kuching Open


Showcasing Strength and Talent

Power and Performance Shine at Battle of the Barbell 2024 Kuching Open
Power and Performance Shine at Battle of the Barbell 2024 Kuching Open

KUCHING: The first edition of the Battle of the Barbell 2024 Kuching Open witnessed a remarkable display of power and skill as experienced weightlifters and newcomers converged on May 18 at the CFK Training Ground. Organized by the Kuching Weightlifting Association (KWA), this event marked a significant moment for the weightlifting community in Sarawak.

A Platform for Preparation and Progress

With the upcoming SUKMA 2024 event set to take place in Sarawak, the Battle of the Barbell 2024 Kuching Open served as a crucial preparation platform for weightlifting athletes. The competition was fierce, highlighting the immense talent present in the sport. The KWA emphasized the importance of this event in a press statement, noting the vital role it played in preparing athletes for larger competitions.

Enthusiastic Turnout and Community Support

KWA president Carter Wei expressed his delight with the turnout and enthusiasm surrounding the event. He highlighted the event’s dual purpose: providing preparation for SUKMA 2024 and promoting inclusivity and sportsmanship within the weightlifting community. Wei also acknowledged the collaboration of various organizations that made the event possible, including the Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Sarawak (MTCP), the national Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), Sarawak Weightlifting Association (SWA), and KWA.

Promoting Health, Fitness, and Tourism

Wei noted that the event showcased not only athletic prowess but also boosted health and fitness tourism in Sarawak. By positioning Sarawak as a destination for wellness enthusiasts, the Battle of the Barbell 2024 Kuching Open has the potential to enhance tourism while encouraging youth involvement in weightlifting. Wei expressed gratitude for the support from partners, participants, and the community, emphasizing the positive impact of the event.

Winners of the Battle of the Barbell 2024 Kuching Open

A total of four categories were contested, with the following athletes emerging victorious:

  • Elite Women: Marthina Chan
  • Open Women: Charlene Bong
  • Elite Men: Felix Tujang
  • Open Men: Tay Kian Pei

These winners demonstrated exceptional strength and dedication, setting a high standard for future competitions.

Looking Forward

KWA president Carter Wei concluded with a hopeful note for the future, expressing a commitment to building on this year’s success and organizing even more impactful events in the coming years. The Battle of the Barbell 2024 Kuching Open has set a strong foundation, promising a bright future for weightlifting in Sarawak.


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