According to an ANA report, the 2017 Asian Bench Press Championships was held with 10 Asian teams participating for 3 days in Georgia. Farid Salehi, architecture student of Islamic Azad University, Mianeh branch topped the 67.5 weigh class, holding the 150kg bench press and snatched gold medal of this tournament. Japanese and Russian athletes ranked second and third respectively.
The Asian Powerlifting Federation (APF) is an amateur association that aims to control, organize, and promote powerlifting in Asia. Founded in 1984 during the first Asian Powerlifting Championships in Indonesia, the AFP hopes to further develop friendship and cooperation among its members – national powerlifting associations in Asia and their lifters.