I agree frank. I Want tighter judging, but from personally seeing lifts and Then reviewing video of the same lift, things look different . Some lifters will make it easier with their proportions and choice of gear.
I argue that the sport is considered niche or a joke because of what it is, not adherence to any rule
. We delude ourselves that if we did this or that people would love us. They love racing, football, baseball, basketball, golf and so many other sports before weight sports . We love it and understand it and that's okay. But mainstream will never embrace it. Why?
Maybe athleticism? Anyone can squat . It's the same with weight differences . I know that's the point. But it's different than a perfect drive on the golf course, hitting a slider over the fence , or skating at 20mph and getting one past the goalie
The cyo games I mentioned have more fans than powerlifting meets.
So we want standards . I have my own. I can judge a meet and determine if I think it's legit .
The new gear is hard and makes for new challenges. But people aren't any stronger. We all know this. It's the gear. Is there a 165 that would beat a young bridges, coan, or gaugler with the same gear ? Doubt it. The ipf and IOC created new weight classes recently and in the past IMO to set new records.
We don't have that team like competition with an individual sport. People don't follow individual sports outside of mma. Tennis? Track? Not really .
So the new gear adds a twist to things. And people can lift raw yet. And old timers like me can sort it out. And if the young guys can't , does it really matter?