Participants

In the sport of weightlifting, competitions are organised for men and women. The athletes compete in the categories specified in the rules, according to their bodyweight.

Age groups

In its activities, the IWF recognises three age groups:
YOUTH: up to and including seventeen (17) years of age.
JUNIOR: up to and including twenty (20) years of age.
SENIOR

  • All age groups are calculated in the athlete’s year of birth.
  • The minimum age for participation in the Senior World, Junior World and World University Championships and other open international events for men and women is fifteen (15).
  • The minimum age for participation in the Olympic Games, for men and women is sixteen (16).
  • Participation age for Youth Olympic Games is sixteen (16) and seventeen (17).
  • The minimum age for participation in the Youth events is thirteen (13).
Age Group Eligible age
Youth 13 – 17
Junior 15 – 20
Senior 15 <
Master 35 <

Bodyweight categories

There are eight (8) categories for men and junior men. All competitions under IWF rules must be held in the following categories and sequence:

Men
56 kg ≤ 56.00
62 kg 56.01 – 62.00
69 kg 62.01 – 69.00
77 kg 69.01 – 77.00
85 kg 77.01 – 85.00
94 kg 85.01 – 94.00
105 kg 94.01 – 105.00
+105 kg ≥ 105.01

There are seven (7) categories for women and junior women. All competitions under IWF rules must be held in the following categories and sequence:

Women
48 kg ≤ 48.00
53 kg 48.01 – 53.00
58 kg 53.01 – 58.00
63 kg 58.01 – 63.00
69 kg 63.01 – 69.00
75 kg 69.01 – 75.00
+75 kg ≥ 75.01

There are eight categories for youth men (boys):

Youth men
50 kg ≤ 50.00
56 kg 50.01 – 56.00
62 kg 56.01 – 62.00
69 kg 62.01 – 69.00
77 kg 69.01 – 77.00
85 kg 77.01 – 85.00
94 kg 85.01 – 94.00
+94 kg ≥ 94.01

There are seven categories for youth women (girls):

Youth women
44 kg ≤ 44.00
48 kg 44.01 – 48.00
53 kg 48.01 – 53.00
58 kg 53.01 – 58.00
63 kg 58.01 – 63.00
69 kg 63.01 – 69.00
+69 kg ≥ 69.01

At IWF Events and other competitions each country may enter a team of maximum ten (10) men and nine (9) women athletes but may participate with a team of maximum eight (8) men and seven (7) women athletes only, spread over the different categories with a maximum of two (2) athletes per category. For the Olympic Games Rule 5.3 applies.

During any competition, an athlete may not compete in more than one category.

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