I suspect the number of competitors was intentionally lowered to reduce the total number of competitors to make the event(s) manageable in the timeperiod allowed. That was the practical problem I foresaw, but perhaps I am mistaken.
Edit: I would also add that I do not believe combining meets will be helpful to most of the American lifters, who simply are not ready for major international competition. It will be disruptive, distracting, and intimidating for the majority, and decrease the likelihood of them staying in the sport and excelling IMO.
I think it is shameful to screen out American lifters from our Sr Nationals in order to put on the Pan Ams. Indeed I recall Dragomir and Dennis talking to me about this and saying we need to make sacrifices in order to run this meet in the hope we would get the 2016 Olympics. I remember them asking me if I agreed and they were shocked that I didn't. Its a lot of money to get the Olympics, but I don't think the money is going to help if we don't have any lifters left and I seriously doubt running this meet is going to affect that decision significantly. Less than 50 men in the USA Sr Nationals- simply amazing. Opportunity is running dry in our sport. Even the best lifters don't start at the top. Rob our lifters of enough opportunity and you will lose them. And, this is just another brick in the wall, so to speak.
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