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IPC Powerlifting strengthens position with Eleiko partnership

IPC Powerlifting, the para-powerlifting division of the International Paralympic Committee, has entered into a partnership with lifting equipment manufacturer Eleiko.

The deal will run for five years, from 2014 until 2018.

Under the partnership, Eleiko will provide equipment for all world and regional championships throughout the course of the deal.

April's inaugural Americas Open Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico, will be the first to benefit, followed by Almaty, Kazakhstan, for July’s Asian Open Championships. Then, just 10 months away from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the European Open Championships will be held in Eger, Hungary, in November.

Eleiko will also work with IPC Powerlifting to create more awareness of the sport to fans around the world.

Xavier Gonzalez, chief executive of the IPC, said: “This partnership will help us to give athletes more exposure, develop the quality of competition and push forward strongly into an incredibly bright future.”