...I thought that once it is certified, it is always certified. As far as I know, there is no way to determine what year a bar was made. I suppose the TC could, or should, check the bar and discs for damage or wear, but if the set is ceritifed, it's good to go.
Certification is a quadrennial thing. 5 or 6 companies are certified this quad: Eleiko, Uesaka, 2 Chinese, a Turk I think and maybe one other. York probably didn't want to pay the high fee for certification. To put the certification sticker on the barbell, the set must conform to the specs in the rule book. Certification is basically for IWF calendared meets. The meet must use a certified set this quad so in effect certification lasts one quad. I'm sure no one will use an older set where the IWF will be there. For national meets the competition secretary checks to see if the competition set is within specs no matter what the brand. It would be best if local meets would do the same.
Roger, thanks. Gosh, I sure spent a lot of money to get a certified set back in 1990 for nothing, I guess. I had no idea the certification is only good for four years, obviously, or I would have bought a training set.Joe, I know the specifications are listed in the IWF technical rules (their link is in our web links forum in the associations, committees, and federations list). There is a fee. I think at one time it was $50,000 to get a barbell that meets specs certified, but I know the fee was raised recently and I don't know what it is now.Regards
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