By Gary Anderson

April 28 - Participants on the recent powerlifting seminars held in Turkmenistan as part of the Agitos Foundation Grant Support Programme ©IPCFollowing a number of recent seminars held in capital Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 14 national referees and nine classifiers have been awarded official International Paralympic Committee (IPC) status.

The seminars were held with support from the 2013 Agitos Foundation Grant Support Programme and aimedto develop the technical aspects of the sport in the country with a long-term goal of holding an IPC Powerlifting recognised national championship in the future.

Fifteen powerlifters, coaches and referees with experience of able-bodied lifting took part on the refereeing course conducted by category one international referee and IPC powerlifting head of officiating, Azzam Sari Ali Al-Zubi from Jordan.

Malaysian Nor Azimah Bahauddin oversaw the classifiers course attended by a number of medical professionals.

The seminar in Turkmenistan was one of 30 projects to receive funding through the 2013 Agitos Foundation Grant Support Programme, which says it has contributed around €630,000 (£526,000/$861,000) to Para-sport projects around the world.

Agitos, the development arm of the IPC, has set aside €650,000 (£536,000/$890,000) for projects in 2014 and is now inviting applications to receive funding up until May 15.

Application guidelines can be found here.

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