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Sport

Weightlifting leaves behind the "old" and looks at the young, Gjoza: the European Championship in Greece will confirm our talents

Weightlifting leaves behind the "old" and looks at the young, Gjoza:

Albanian weightlifting is going through a phase of transition. This is because the generation of elite athletes is aging and will have to give way to the new generation. Not qualifying for the Olympics (at least so far) has prompted the process of rejuvenating the representative age teams and greater investment in this category, to enable the growth of young talent that will represent us in the coming years at the big competitions of barbell in Europe and in the World. There are elements, this was proven by the last national activity held in Durrës for the ages of 15 and 17, but the element must be supported, development strategies must be drawn up so that selections give the right effect and young people compete with dignity against their European peers . Undoubtedly, Albania has a tradition in this sport and Albania has not lacked talents in weightlifting, but this transition phase is also drawing the necessary lessons on how to operate with the barbell from now on. It seems that the Albanian Weightlifting Federation has also caught this, which is obviously focusing on young men and women, since the cycle has been closed with the "old generation". Qerimaj, Godelli, Calja and some others are claimed to have closed their "cycle", so it is being asked to make way for a new generation, which will have its own representatives. After the U15 and U17 national championship competitions in Durrës, the newspaper contacted the president of the federation, Elez Gjoza, who confirmed this new strategy of his federation, also saying that the first fruits of this process will be taken at the European of this age in Greece.

- You have developed an activity for the ages, national championship. What conclusions did you draw from the activity and how does it serve your mission to renew the national barbell team?

- We organized the national championship for U15 and U17 in Durrës. This activity is done not only to see the condition of these ages and the promising elements, but also to select the athletes who will represent us in the European Championship of this age which will take place in a few weeks in Greece, in Thessaloniki. As a federation, we have ambitions for the first European place for ages, in this activity, with claims that go to 12 medals. How far we will achieve this remains to be seen, but I am convinced that we have promising talent. It's a good thing to send a full team to a European championship and we are seeing this as a great opportunity because, as we have been focusing on recently, we are rejuvenating the generation. To put it bluntly, we have set our sights on young people. We have good veterans, but they are no longer promising for their age. That's why we as a federation have started the renewal, we are renewing the national team and at this moment we are the first in Europe to do this. It is a process that has no turning back and hopefully it will give us the right fruits. That's why I consider it once again that in the European Championship of Greece we go to take first place in Europe for these ages.

- Will you go to Europe only with boys, or will girls also participate?

- Of course there will be girls too. Carja is safe, but we also hope for a girl from the Partizan team. As for the boys, we have several qualities, where Samoel Rrasa from Shtërmen stands out. Our aim is to represent all weights.

- Who are the coaches who will accompany the team to the European Championships in Thessaloniki?

- There will be three coaches: Artur Lagjja, Leonard Toska and Eglantina Kalemi, coaches who also have athletes with the best results.

- Let me ask you about a matter of public interest, which has to do with the fact that no Albanian weightlifter has qualified for the Paris Olympics so far. Is there any chance left to achieve this objective?

- Officially, we do not have anyone qualified, but this situation will be resolved by April 26, when the list is made public. We claim to take Briken Caljen to the Olympics. Surprises are expected in the list and we have hope, but if it is not realized through the list, we will send Calje to the Olympics with an invitation.

- The IOC does not give many invitations for weightlifting....

- Yes, it is true, there are few invitations, but we hope to receive one of them as a federation thanks to the good performances of our athletes in the important activities.

- From the activity of Durrës, what impressions have you created?

- These young men and women who performed here today are the future of the Albanian barbell and I feel good when I see their promising results. Of course, this contingent will definitely qualify us for the 2028 Olympics, as they will have time ahead to improve their results in order to maintain the good tradition that our barbell has created over the years.

Weightlifting leaves behind the "old" and looks at the young, Gjoza:

Age championship in Durrës, Rrasa and Carja the best

Në Durrës u zhvillua të shtunën kampionati për moshat Nën 15 dhe Nën 17 vjeç. Pritej me interes ky aktivitet, edhe për faktin se FSHP-ja e kishte cilësuar atë vendimtar për sportistët që do të merrnin të drejtën e pjesëmarrjes në Kampionatin Europian të Selanikut. Nën prezencën e drejtuesve të federatës, me një pjesëmarrje të gjerë, aktiviteti në vija të përgjithshme e përmbushi misionin e tij. Natyrisht që tonin garave në këto mosha ia japin disa elementë cilësorë që shquhen në kontinentin europian për nivelin e rezultateve. Garat u zhvilluan brenda së shtunës dhe në fund u përcaktuan edhe fituesit në bazë të rezultateve të tyre. Si ekip, fitues për U17 ishte Tirana, ndërsa tek U15 pati pjesëmarrje vajzash kryesisht. Në kampionatin kombëtar për këto mosha, pati një pjesëmarrje të konsiderueshme, gati 50 sportistë, ku u përfaqësuan të gjitha ekipet. Në fund të garës fitues për vajza doli Enkileda Carja e Teutës dhe për djemtë Samoel Rrasa i Shtërmenit, praktikisht dy sportistët më të mirë të aktivitetit. Në këtë kampionat u thyen 20 rekorde kombëtare. Sportisti më i mirë aktualisht jo vetëm i këtij aktiviteti por në tërësi për këto mosha është padyshim Samoel Rrasa, që theu 5 rekorde kombëtare.

Rezultati i Enkileda Carjes për medalje bronzi në Europian

Pas garës së të shtunës në kampionatin kombëtar të moshave të peshëngritjes, gazeta “SOT”, kontaktoi edhe trajneren e sportistes Enkileda Carja të Teutës, Eglantina Kalemi, e cila u shpreh: “Kampionati Kombëtar për U15 dhe U17 ishte një test përpara Kampionatit Europian që do të zhvillohet në Selanik. Sportistja ime Enkileda Carja bëri një paraqitje të kënaqshme, duke patur parasysh edhe problematikat shëndetësore të kohëve të fundit. Në kategorinë e peshës trupore 64 kg, në moshën U17, Enkileda realizoi 85 kg në shkëputje dhe 103 kg në shtytje, pra 188 kg në dygarësh. Këto rezultate janë praktikisht edhe rekord kombëtar për U-17 te vajzat. Me këtë rezultat, nëse gara bëhej sot, Enkileda hyn në treshen e Europës. Përsa i përket Kampionatit Botëror të moshës U17, përfundimisht i kemi humbur shpresat, pasi me rezultatin që kemi aktualisht nuk e sigurojmë dot një vend në podium”. Siç shihet, trajnerja Kalemi është e qartë dhe transparente rreth ecurisë së sportistes së saj, gjë që tregon se duhet punuar më shumë për të qenë një kampione europiane apo botërore. Ky sport ka shumë rivalitet jo vetëm tek meshkujt, por edhe tek femrat.

Çfarë ndodhi me veteranët e shtangës?

Weightlifting has its heydays. To be noted are the great names of Ymer Pampuri, in the 1972 Munich Olympics, then the generation of Aleksandër Kondo and Mirjan Hakan, then the generation of Pirro Dhima, Luan Shabani and others who represented the Greek state in the 90s, in addition, the outstanding pair of Illyrians (Kafarani and Suli), followed after 2010 with the names of Godelli, Qerimaj, and Calje, but also among girls with Fetije Kasaj and Romela Begaj. This generation brought many medals to Albania. But this generation "got old" and must make way for the young. In fact, even though the focus is on young people, it is precisely Qerimaj and Calja that have the highest results. This time they failed to qualify for the Olympics, but they remain active athletes. At the moment, their worthy heir is Ertjan Kofsha of Shtërmen, who has great expectations to be a European and world medalist. The policy of the weightlifting federation is to invest in new elements, to give Albanian weightlifting a perspective, and this attention, of course, eventually starts to sideline the old "wolves".