Re(1): What are your opinions on cheating? Posted on 8/7/2017 at 09:41:22 PM by yes and no
It would be one thing if everyone were competing in one federation and that federation tried to uphold it's rules and standards in a way that wasn't considered "lifter friendly"
But when you can shop feds for easier judging, or feds that won't enforce time limits, or feds that will look the other way when you stuff wraps down your bench shirt, or feds that will let your friends judge your lifts it's not cheating to gain a competitive edge, it's just a joke. And that's largely because the 10,000 federation system that powerlifting has become is mainly a way for people to dodge actual competition and just declare themselves a winner, champion, record holder or what have you.