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IWF Media Scholarship Program 2005

In order to increase the popularity of weightlifting worldwide, the International Weightlifting Federation announces the IWF Media Scholarship Program 2005. Who can be a candidate to the Scholarship? Any journalist under the age of 35 years working in the writing press (daily or weekly papers, news agencies, Internet) with a great interest in weightlifting and […]


Olympic Champions at the Junior Worlds

Korea?s second-largest city, Busan was the host of the 11th Women?s and 31st Men?s Junior World Championships in May 2005.Since the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, this was the first world-wide rendezvous in the sport of weightlifting held in Korea. The standard of the organisation was worthy of the best Korean traditions and matching the top […]


IWF Athletes’ Commission named

Following the guidelines of the IOC and its own policy to involve the athletes into its concepts and decision-making processes, the IWF has renewed and reinforced the IWF Athletes’ Commission as follows: Chairman: Pyrros DIMAS (GRE)Members:Stefan BOTEV (BUL)Maria CHRISTOFORIDI (GRE)Mária TAKÁCS (HUN)Marc HUSTER (GER)Marcus STEPHEN (NRU) Chairman Pyrros Dimas (3-times Olympic Champion) is representing the […]


Busan 2005 Junior Worlds Kickoff

Prior to the start of the Junior World Championships in Busan, Korea, the Executive Board of the International Weightlifting Federation met and took several important decisions. Among those, it appointed the Chairmen of the IWF Committees:Chairman of the IWF Technical Committee: Sam COFFA, AUS, the 1st Vice President of the IWF,Chairman of the IWF Medical […]


Successful debut of the “1-kilo rule”

The junior athletes taking part in the first competition of the Busan Junior World Championships, the 56kg category very well exploited the possibilities provided by the new 1-kilo rule in force since 1st May 2005. At what was the first major test of the new choice for the weight of the barbell, the participants quickly […]


From 1st May 2005 enters the “1-kilo era”

The second hundred years of the IWF will begin with a historic change in the sport of weightlifting. The progression of the weight of the barbell by 2.5-kg increments in competition, and by 0.5-kg increments for the records will be replaced by the new and universal standard of 1-kilo multiples, starting with 1st May 2005. […]


Jaromir Vitek passed away at 71

It is with deep sorrow that we have to inform the World Weightlifting Family that our dear colleague and friend, an IWF Executive member since 1984, Ing. Jaromir Vitek (Czech Republic) passed away at the age of 71 years. A truly honest man with a great devotion to the sport of weightlifting, of which he […]


IWF Electoral Congress

On 4th March 2005 in Istanbul, the delegates from 5 continents representing 112 countries settled down to the important business of the quadrennial Congress of the IWF. After the reports of the IWF President, General Secretary and Committee Chairmen, two new members were affiliated to the Federation: Scotland and Oman. With them, the IWF’s membership […]


IWF Executive Board meeting – A significant start

Right on the next day following the elections, the IWF’s new Executive Board held its first meeting in Istanbul. The Board decided about the reallocation of the 2006 World Championships, after having studied 3 very strong candidatures: Azerbaijan, Dominica and Peru. Finally, the Dominican Republic’s Weightlifting Federation was selected to carry out the World Championships […]


PRESS COMMUNICATION of the International Weightlifting Federation

The 21-member Executive Board of the IWF, complete with Dr. Patrick Schamasch, Medical Director of the IOC, Tom Dielen, European Director of WADA, as well as experts from eight further European, Asian and Panamerican countries, held its extraordinary meeting in Budapest, on 2nd and 3rd February 2005. The primary objective of the meeting was to […]