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Hardanger Open 2023 - NC#1

Hardanger Handbak Klubb and Norges Bryteforbund invite to Hardanger Open 2023!

The event is one of the qualifications for East vs West arranged by Mr Engin Terzi.


Hotel Ullensvang, Ullensvangveien 865, 5781 Lofthus, Norway

Friday 17th of March 2023: 16:00 - 20:00

Saturday 18th of March 2023: 08:30 - 09:00

Competition start:

Hotel Ullensvang, Ullensvangveien 865, 5781 Lofthus, Norway

Saturday 18th of March 2023, at 10:00.

Prizes ceremony is at 17:00.

Weight classes:

Each athlete can take part in their weight class + the closest weight class above. You can take part in all the categories you qualify for. First left hand and then right hand. We run all the classes directly without saving the finale. 

Sub-junior (13, 14 or 15 years in 2023), boys: -70, +70 kg

Sub-junior (13, 14 or 15 years in 2023), girls: -65, +65 kg

Junior18, boys: -75, -85, +85 kg

Junior18, girls: -65, +65 kg

Junior23, boys: -75, -85, +85 kg

Junior23, girls: -65, -75, +75 kg

Junior23, para, boys: Open

Junior23, para, girls: Open

Senior, men: -70, -75, -80, -85, -90, -100, -110, +110 kg

Senior, women: -65, -75, +75 kg

Para, men: Open

Para, women: Open

Master, men (40 years in 2023 and above): -80, -100, +100 kg

Master, women (40 years in 2023 and above): Open

Grand Master, men: -80, -100, +100 kg


Medals for the three best in each weight class.

Information for final qualification to East vs West in Istanbul:

-first and second place on senior women's right arm -65 kg.

-first place on senior women's right arm -75 and +75 kg.

-first place on senior men's right arm -75, -80, -85, -90, -100 and -110 kg.

-first and second place on senior men's right arm +110 kg.

will be guaranteed to be invited for the final qualification for East vs West SuperMatch event in Istanbul.

Left hand in the same classes may be invited.

Entry fee:

NOK 250 pr. arm pr. category. Half price for the second category or extra class. Fill in and prepay under.

After the 5th of March, the entry fee will be doubled.

The final entry is 17th of March at 20:00.

If you do not show up at weight-in, the entry fee will be refunded to you.

Who can participate?

Every member of WAF and IFA can take part in Hardanger Open.

Members of IFA can contact David Eilert Eilertsen at [email protected] for more information.

Cover charge:

SuperMatches on Friday, NOK 200

Hardanger Open on Saturday, NOK 200

Both days, NOK 300

Tables, scorekeeper and referees:

The competition will run on three tables. 

Scorekeeper: Michael Bjerkaas and Åge Andreassen

Head referee: Olegs Gantimurovs,

Referees: Tom Erik Berg, Caterina Crucitti, David Shead, ....


Hotel Ullensvang, Ullensvangveien 865, 5781 Lofthus Hardanger, Norway. Book your hotel room here (you must use this link) as soon as possible.

Hardanger Hotel, Eitrheimsvegen 13, 5750 Odda, Norway (32 km from Hotel Ullensvang).

This year we also have accommodation at Lofthus Camping, Hellelandsvegen 120, 5781 Lofthus, Norway.

Special price for the family cottage (for six persons) including washing NOK 2100 pr. night.

The camping is located 24 minutes easy walk from Hotel Ullensvang.

Book your camping cottage here as soon as possible.

Where is Lofthus and how to get there?

Lofthus is located in the west of Norway. 

The closest airport is Bergen lufthavn (BGO). 

Tickets by train can be bought here. The closest train station is Voss.

The host will arrange transport to the hotel from Bergen airport, the Voss train station, and back. Contact the host if you have any 

questions about transport from the airport or train station, and to get information when the transport from the airport and train station goes.

Clothing/dress code:

Sportswear. Not jeans or shorts.

Rules & WADA-code:

World Armwrestling Federation (WAF) rules. 

The host, Hardanger Handbak Klubb and Norges Bryteforbund, are following the World Anti-Doping Code. Everybody who takes part has to follow WADA code.


All Norwegian athletes must be a member of the Norges Bryteforbund

The athletes must have a license from the Norwegian Wrestling Federation before the start of the event. Contact your local club for more information.

All foreign athletes (WAF members) must be members of their national armwrestling federation and bring a statement confirming the membership. 

Referee fee (Norwegian clubs only):

Every participating club must pay a referee fee to the host (1 participant = 0 NOK, 2-5 participants = 800 NOK, five and more = 1000 NOK)

Live stream:

The competition will be streamed live on this channel on YouTube.

SuperMatches and tournaments will be commentated by Aussie Armwrestler.

The registration deadline has passed or the event is fully booked