Nico Müller, der diesjährige Europameister im Zweikampf und im Stoßen.

Hamburg, 31 October 2018 – The German Weightlifting Association is breaking new ground and offering fans a new transmission format for the upcoming IWF World Championships: presented by NOCCO and the Association’s own German Weightlifting Shop, the BVDG will stream the IWF World Championships for all German fans from 1 to 10 November live on its official “German Weightlifting” Facebook page.

At the IWF World Weightlifting Championships, 650 of the strongest athletes from over 90 nations will compete in 20 different weight classes (10 for men, 10 for women). The competitions with German participation will be broadcast exclusively on the Association’s digital channel: “The implementation of this project shows that the hard social media work of our Association, in particular the work of our athletes such as Max Lang, is paying off. Since 2017, we have been seeing increasing membership and club numbers, which are measurably attributable to this commitment,” says Eric Schneidbach, Managing Director of the BVDG.

The streaming partnership was brokered by the global sports rights firm Lagardère Sports. “We are looking forward to partnering with the German Weightlifting Association and its partners to deliver another innovative broadcast of a global sporting event, showing the growing fan base of the strong German team on the way to the Tokyo Olympics,” says Executive Vice President Global Media Nikolaus von Doetinchem.

The German team will start with 11 athletes, aiming to achieve as much sporting success and as many Olympic qualifications as possible.

Sabine Kusterer – 59kg
Jon Luke Mau – 61kg
Lisa Marie Schweizer – 64kg
Simon Brandhuber – 67kg
Robert Joachim – 73kg
Tabea Tabel – 76kg
Max Lang – 81kg
Nico Müller – 81kg
Jürgen Spieß – 96kg
Matthäus Hofmann – 109kg
Almir Velagic +109kg

Picture: Nico Müller, this year’s European champion in total and clean and jerk in the weight class up to 77kg. Müller will compete in the class up to 81kg at the upcoming World Championships.