What is the relation between ‘americanweightlifting.org’ that abadzhiev is now coaching for and the US olympic team at the OTC?
none - but it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
about a month and a half ago chris leroux from weightliftingexchange posted a excerpt from the IWF to usaw.
here it is -
IV. Whereabouts of Mr. Ivan Abadjev of Bulgaria. Dr. Tamas Ajï¿½?Â¡n, the President of the IWF is asking USA Weightlifting for any information on the whereabouts of Mr. Abadjev and 2-3 accompanying athletes who are currently in the U.S. If anyone has any information, you are asked to contact the National Office, President Dennis Snethen or any member of the Board of Directors ASAP.
Dr. Ajï¿½?Â¡n has made it clear that Mr. AbadjevÃ¢ï¿½?ï¿½ï¿½?ï¿½s preparation and coaching methods are completely unacceptable for the IWF and are opposed to the WADA and IWF Anti-Doping Codes. Mr. Abadjev is to have no opportunities to work with our athletes and coaches at this time. Thank you for your assistance.
I don’t know what has changed between now and then, but if they have started a website, I imagine things must have gotten better…[/quote]
Yes, things have gotten better since then. Dr. Tamas Aj and Ivan have not gotten along since Abadjeiv turned him down to train the Hungarians in the 1990’s. Top Olympic Lifters in that area of the world are worth big bucks (also in China, Qatar, etc…). The coach (Alex Krachiev) contacted USA Weightlifting and told them Abadjeiv was with him in the San Francisco Bay Area and USA Weightlifting was very glad to have him in the country.
In fact people such as Jim Schimtz, and others are estatic Ivan is here.