Manuel Suarez In Memoriam Competition Opportunity

by USA Weightlifting

NOTE: As of Sept. 17, 2021, the XL Int. Manuel Suarez In Memoriam has been canceled due to the IWF World Championships being contested at the same time. USA Weightlifting will be sending a team to the 2022 event in March.


USA Weightlifting has been invited to attend the 2021 XL Int. “Manuel Suarez In Memoriam” competition from December 12-18, 2021 in Matanzas, CUB.

This is a great opportunity to expand your international experience and represent Team USA!


Weight Categories to be contested:



55kg, 61kg, 67kg, 73kg, 81kg, 89kg, 96kg, 102kg, 109kg, +109kg



45kg, 49kg, 55kg, 59kg, 64kg, 71kg, 76kg, 81kg, 87kg, +87kg


*Limited to two athletes per weight class per nation.



  • This is a self-funded opportunity

Currently, there is no Cost/Transportation/Accommodation information available from the Organizing Committee but once received you will be contacted by the national office.



Please note athletes must meet all requirements expressed in the USA Weightlifting Selection Procedures, with particular attention paid to the USADA Lift Clean RTP requirement and minimum performance requirements needed to represent the USA on the international stage.

Full selection procedure available HERE.



Per the 2020-2024 NRS Selection Procedures, those athletes in each contested weight category with the highest NRS score will be given the opportunity to attend, using totals achieved at National or International Competition in the previous six months to the final qualification event.

Eligible events include: 

  • 2021 North American Open Series 1 – Hybrid
  • Rescheduled 2020 Pan American Championships
  • 2021 IWF Junior World Championships
  • 2021 National Championships Week
  • Rescheduled 2020 Pan American Junior Championships
  • 2020 Olympic Games
  • 2021 U17/U15 Pan American Youth Championships
  • 2021 North American Open Series 2


IMPORTANT NOTE: Athletes who were selected to attend the East Asian Championships and/or IberoAmerican Championships will be prioritized for this competition. Athletes that this applies to, please fill out the interest form and note if this applies.


Expression of Interest must be made by September 10 at noon Mountain time.

Expression of interest form:

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